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can't see makers mark
by: Anonymous

clean hallmarks with old soapy toothbrush then look up makers mark in jacksons hallmarks book

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Antique ring
by: Anonymous

I have a ring with the dance markings and have trying to find out more about it. Have you managed to locate the jeweler?

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Ancient Ornamental Red Coral
by: Yvonne

Yes, you are totally correct, in fact pink-to-red coral has been used for thousands of years! Amulets of red coral dating back to 8000 BC were uncovered in Neolithic graves in Switzerland, coral jewelry was made in Sumeria and Egypt around 3000 BC and the Chinese cultures have vaued coral since 1000 BC. The material also is mentioned in the ancient writings of both Theophrastus (Greece, 4th century BC) and Pliny (Italy, 1st century AD)

The region around Torre del Greco near Naples, Italy has a long tradition in Coral jewelry and was most likely where the coral in your ring was harvested. The Mediterranean Sea was a major source of the world's pink-to-red ornamental coral in the Victorian era.

Your sincerely
Yvonne Hammouda
Liverino B. (1989) Red Coral. Transl. by J.H. Johnson, Analisia-Trend s.c.r.l., Bologna, Italy

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Antique Coral Rings
by: Anonymous

Pink to red coral has a long history as an ornamental gem in jewelry and carvings. The combination of the sea gems, coral and pearls that we can see in your antique ring are very beautifiul. The ring appears to have been well looked after - both coral and pearls are softer in comparison to other gems and are therefore more easily damaged and scratched. Store well away from your other gemstone rings and jewelry.

Antique Coral Rings are in short supply and their values are increasing. One of the main reasons is because of the short supply of high quality, natural coloured coral like the coral in your ring. Limited supplies of coral has led to a greater amount of dyed-color, lower-quality coral in the most highly valued shades of pink to red. Some US dealers report that a large portion as high as 90-95% of new coral entering the market is color -ehanaced. Go antique coral rings!

Kind Regards


Prost, M.A. (2001) In the red. Colored Stone, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp 32-33.


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