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Antique Diamond Ring with Pink Stones
by: Anonymous

Hi Stephen

thanks for writing in with the following hallmark question:

"i have this brooch that was my grandmas and even may have been her grandmas too. It has 3 diamonds in it and 4 rubys, if they are rubys, and on the back it has these markings, in order

M&V 15 625 then a anchor and the letter o or b or d?"


How lovely, an antique ring with seven stones. The pink stones could be natural rubies or synthetics. This will affect the value.

Without the benefit of a photo unfortunately i cannot comment on the date letter which you think could be either 0, or b, or d.

It helps when examining marks on metals if you use a jewelers loupe or magnifying glass.

The anchor is the Birmingham assay mark. The ring predates 1935 because 15k was discontinued in 1935. 15k was popular during the victorian era in british commonwealth countries.

15K, 15ct or 625 (parts per 1000) or 62.5 % gold


best wishes,

Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre
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