Details: Natural Pearls, 14ct Ring,
Dispatches from a small business in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Design Era: Early Victorian (1837-1855).
Size: 15.9 NL / 50 FR / 5¼ US / K UK, sizeable (Within reason. Contact seller for information).
Dimensions: H 0.3 x L 1.7 x W 0.6 cm.
Weight in grams: 1,4.
Condition: Good condition – used with some signs of wear.
Early Victorian, romantic jewelry (1837-1855) also featured nature-inspired designs, similar to jewelry of the Georgian era. Frequently, these designs were delicately and intricately etched into gold. Lockets and brooches were popular in daytime jewelry during the early Victorian era, whereas colored gemstones and diamonds were worn during the evening.
The Victorian era of British history (and that of the British Empire) was the period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 until her death, on 22 January 1901.
All pearls originate in mollusks (mollusca), whether natural or cultured. Mollusks are a phylum of invertebrate animals that includes oysters, clams, mussels, snails and octopus among their approximately one hundred and twenty-eight thousand species, all with the ability to produce pearls. Only a few of these varieties can create gem quality pearls.
Because of the softness of pure (24k), it is usually alloyed with base metals for use in jewelry, altering its hardness and ductility, melting point, color and other properties. Alloys with lower carat rating, typically 22k, 18k, 14k or 9k, contain higher percentages of copper or other base metals or silver or palladium in the alloy. Copper is the most commonly used base metal, yielding a redder color.