An exceptionally beautiful and rare Georgian "Crowned Heart" ring with a stunning 3/4-1 carat natural pear-shaped sapphire and 24 surrounding old cut diamonds. The stones are placed in closed, foil-backed silver settings on rich 18 karat yellow gold. Every component of this piece is exquisitely made including a remarkable rococo ring back and ornate floral shoulders set with two additional larger diamonds (for a total of 26 rose cuts and old mine cuts).
The "crowned heart" was an early form of the engagement ring in England, representing the intended’s feelings of love and devotion for their future spouse.
This ring is a size 8.5 US - a temporary guard has been added to make the ring fit as a size 8. The guard can easily be removed or the ring resized although I recommend preserving the integrity of the piece if possible. In wearable condition but avoid getting this treasure wet due to the closed foiled settings.
The Georgian era refers to the period of British history between 1714 and 1837 ruled by the five Hanoverian Kings: George I, George II, George III and George IV. King William IV followed with a short reign that ended the period in 1837 with his death. Making the jewelry from this period was labor intensive as jewelers were limited by hand tools to manipulate metal and gems. Georgian jewels can be recognized by early diamonds like the rose-cut, commonly backed with foil in closed-back settings to enhance their sparkle in candlelight.