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Art Nouveau Gold Ring
by: Anonymous

Hi Stephanie

thanks for sending in the following antique gold hallmark question:

"I have a ring given to me by a friend - it is gold and has ornate sides, a red cabochon stone with the script initials W.D. and the hallmark of an anchor tipped to the right and the letter K. No purity or maker's mark. It is a large size -likely a 10 - so probably a men's ring. Any thoughts on when and where it was made and value?"

Sounds like beautiful art nouveau men's gold ring you have acquired- would there be any chance of a photo? Art Nouveau Jewelry was produced between 1895 -1910, when jewelry of the late 19th century was ripe for change. You can read more about Art Nouveau Jewelry here.

The Cabochon stone cut has a smooth rounded surface and was used in antiquity and continued until the 15th when it was superseded by faceted stones and was was revived during the Art Nouveau era. The red stone is most probably a garnet.

These dates also coincide with the sponsor's mark of "an anchor tipped to the right and the letter K" used by Ripley-Howland Mfg Co. on 10K Gold Rings, Manufacturing Jewelers, Boston, MA, and New York, NY, USA - ca 1887 - 1912.

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best wishes,
Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre
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