Enamel rings are often part of the category of sentimental jewelry that was worn in the 19th century. These are jewels that were made in memory of the loved one or passed away. Depending on the color of the enamel these rings were jewels of joy or mourning. Often these jewels carry inscriptions or symbols, or even elements recalling the person for whom this jewel is intended. In the love context there are hidden messages, flaming hearts and they often include words like “friendship”, illustrations of pansy flowers or puns with the colors of the stones used.
Enamel rings can also be regional French jewelry. These are sought-after and rare jewels, real collector’s items. Here is the selection of Maison Mohs.
Victorian enamel ring in 18-karat yellow gold (750). This ring features an oval setting centered with a rose-colored glass cabochon, simulating a ruby, surrounded by a black enamel striated design. The shoulders of the ring are subtly decorated with fluting. The ring dates back to the Napoleon III period, French Victorian period, circa 1870/1890.
Hallmark: Owl (French hallmark for 18-karat gold).
Ring size: 59 EU or 8.75 US (resizable).
Setting dimensions: 12 x 9.5 mm.
Condition: Shows signs of wear, small lack of enamel and small scratches on the cabochon.
Antique garnet and enamel ring in 18 karat (750) antique rose gold. Ring with a round pink garnet in a claw setting forming a corolla. The ring is decorated with fine scrolls on a black enamel background. Antique 19th century ring.
Owl hallmark (french State hallmarks for 18-karat gold)
Retro dome pearl ring made of 18 karat yellow gold with Midnight Blue enamel accents. The dome is set with 30 small seed pearls. Pearl size ranges from 2.5 to 3 mm in diameter. Italian work, Retro period, end of the 1950s.
Dome’s height : 13 mm
Dome’s diameter: 14 mm
Finger size : 51 EU or 5.75 US (size adjustment possible)
Note: an old resizing has been carried out.
Condition : little oxidation on the ring, minor signs of wears. Good general condition of the pearls.
Flower enamel secret locket ring in 18 karat (750) yellow gold. Antique ring with an oval bezel in blue enamelled guilloché on which is applied a silver flower set with eight rose-cut diamonds. A secret compartment is hidden under the bezel, allowing to slip a souvenir. Antique ring dating from the late 19th century.
Wedding Enamelled trinity ring in yellow gold 18 karats (750). Ring with three rings similar to the “Trinity”‘ of Cartier and also of Hermès. This ring is composed of three interlaced rings, each enamelled with a colour: orange, green and blue. A thin line of gold runs through each ring. Italian ring from the 20th century.
Hallmark 750 and Italian hallmark
Finger size : 50 EU or 5 US (no resizing possible)
Antique religious ring in pink gold 18 karats. Ring with three symbols in its center, also called “the three virtues”. On the left, there is a navy anchor representing hope; in the center, a heart on fire symbolizing charity and finally on the right the cross representing faith. The three virtues are represented in gold on a blue enamel background. The ring is openwork with eleven raised dots. The latter allowed the wearer to scratch his tens serving as a rosary. Antique ring of the 19th century.
Acid tested ring: 18 karats.
Finger size: 55 EU or 7.5 US (can be resized)
Dimensions of the ring head: 8 mm x 11.4 mm
Condition : Old trace of enlargement, that’s why there are 11 points and not 10. Missing enamel ; wear.
Essex crystal horse ring in rose gold 18 karats. Antique Edwardian ring decorated with a crystal of Essex of round form, carved inside of a head of horse on a gold bottom. The rock crystal is polished and set in closed, the contour of the setting is worked in pearl. The ring is thin and without decoration. The ring probably comes from a transformation of pin. Antique jewel from the second half of the 19th century, early 20th century. Edwardian period.
Owl hallmark (French State hallmark for 18-karat gold)