This wonderful later Georgian ring is made in 14k gold. The mounting features a lovely engraved scroll motif with dynamic curls and spots of openwork. The central floral cluster is a pansy rendered in old mine cut diamonds and emeralds. “Pansy" comes from the French pense meaning "to think". Lovers of a hidden meaning, the five-petaled flower was frequently used in Victorian love token jewelry to express the sentiment "think of me".
The Georgian era of jewelry gets its name from the string of English kings who reigned from 1714 to 1830, George I-IV. A time where technical innovation was beginning to reshape the world as we knew it.
Jewelry from this period is quite rare because so many Georgian pieces have been taken apart or reworked to fit the style of successive periods. Notable characteristics include large regal gemstones, sculptural and weighty metal, and bow and teardrop motifs.