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Georgian Gold and Enamel Urn Ring, c.1820
Located in Stamford, CT
An intriguing six sided shape, this 15 Kt gold Georgian ring has stunning geometry with a black enamel circle framing a gold and white enamel urn popping forward from a black backgro...
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Antique Early 19th Century George III Fashion Rings

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15k Gold

Georgian Revival Diamond and Enamel Tulip Ring in Georgian Style
Located in Stamford, CT
A very pretty diamond and enamel ring is in the shape of a Georgian ring as it curves around the finger. This curve makes the ring extremely comfortable. The diamonds are foiled in ...
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Early 2000s Modern Fashion Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Georgian Garnet and Rose Cut Diamond Five-Stone Band
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
The central stone in this band is a deep and gorgeous garnet and either side of this are trios of rose cut diamonds. The underside of the garnet setting has the classic detail you wo...
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Antique Early 1800s Georgian More Rings

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Diamond, Garnet

Antique Georgian Seven-Stone Diamond Half Hoop Ring, circa 1790
Located in Baltimore, MD
This early C1790 18K seven stone diamond half hoop ring has seven table-cut diamonds (flat on top, faceted on the sides). The ring is closed back and the diamonds are foiled backed, ...
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Antique 1790s Georgian More Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique Georgian Hercules Cameo Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
Everything about this ring speaks of power, as Hercules, famed for his strength, appears in f carved in three strata on this 18 kt hard stone cameo ring c. 1820. The hero appears in ...
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Antique Early 18th Century Georgian More Rings

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18k Gold

Antique Georgian Three Stone Cannetille Citrine Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
Three oval citrine gems are vertically set in 18 Kt Gold in this Georgian ring. The citrine look as if drops of honey spiked into place on this three stone setting. Superb gold work ...
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Antique Early 17th Century George III Three-Stone Rings

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Citrine, 18k Gold

Antique Late 18th Century Gold and Multi-Gemstone Double Heart Ring
Located in New York, NY
An antique Georgian ring in the form of a double heart comprised of an opposed pear-shaped rose-cut diamond and a ruby in corresponding surrounds and surmounted by an openwork wreath...
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Antique 1780s Georgian More Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, Multi-gemstone, Ruby, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, Gold, 1...

Antique Georgian Memorial Ring with Platted Hair in 14ct Yellow Gold
Located in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
Such an exquisite antique memorial ring that was hand crafted in the Georgian era. This Georgian ring holds a lock of platted hair behind a glass cover. It was made at the time as a ...
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Antique 1790s Georgian More Rings

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Yellow Gold

A fine and rare Georgian hair and ruby memorial ring, English, circa 1760
Located in London, GB
Georgian hair and ruby memorial ring. Set with a border of thirty two cushion shape French cut natural enhanced rubies in closed back grain settings with a combined approximate weigh...
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Antique 1760s Georgian Cluster Rings

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Ruby, Yellow Gold

Georgian Enamel and Pearl Urn Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
Georgian rings such as this, made in 1792, are curved to fit perfectly to your finger. This marvelous example is 15 KT gold with a fine inner frame of dark brown enamel on which gold...
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Antique 1790s Fashion Rings

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Pearl, 15k Gold, Enamel

Georgian Gold Guilloche Enamel Old Mine Diamond Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
A Georgian ring that closely connects us to the family of its owners comes to us with unmarred guilloche enamel with a small old mine diamond in the center. It shows beautiful gold w...
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Antique Early 19th Century Victorian Band Rings

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Diamond

Antique Late Georgian Mourning Ring with Black Enamel and Garnet Surround Gold
Located in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
This ring is such a beautiful example of an antique mourning ring that was hand crafted in the Late Georgian era. Mourning Rings were commonly made in the event of a death in the fam...
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Antique 1820s Georgian Cluster Rings

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Garnet, Gold, Enamel

Antique Georgian 18K Yellow Gold Silver Top Rose Cut Diamond Three Stone Ring
Located in Great Neck, NY
Beautiful Antique Georgian 18K Yellow Gold Silver Top Rose Cut Diamond Three Stone Ring. This gorgeous Georgian ring is crafted in 18K yellow gold and silver top. The ring features 3...
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Antique 17th Century Georgian Three-Stone Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

Rare Georgian Crowned Garnet Rose Cut Diamond Ring 1700s Gold Museum Quality
Located in New York, NY
A very early Georgian ring with an oval flat cut Almandine Garnet crowned with four Rose Cut Diamonds and dating to the 1700s. A museum quality jewel from the collection of Edith We...
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Antique 18th Century Georgian Cocktail Rings

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Garnet, Diamond, Gold

Antique Georgian Amitie Marquise Shaped Seed Pearl Memorial Ring in Gold
Located in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
This ring is such an exquisite example of an antique memorial ring that was hand crafted in the Georgian era. This Georgian ring holds a lock of platted hair behind a glass cover in ...
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Antique Late 18th Century Georgian Cluster Rings

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Gold

Rare Georgian Garnet Crowned Double Heart Ring 1700s Gold Museum Quality
Located in New York, NY
A very early Georgian ring with flat cut Almandine Garnets set in a crowned double heart ring dating to the 1700s. A museum quality jewel from the collection of Edith Weber. The do...
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Antique 18th Century Georgian Bridal Rings

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Garnet, 10k Gold

Charming Georgian Moonstone Ring
Located in Riverdale, NY
Charming Georgian Moonstone Ring from the early 19th Century set in 18k gold. Lovely quality craftsmanship with tiny bullet cabochon moonstones set around a central amythest in close...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Cluster Rings

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Amethyst, Moonstone, 18k Gold

Georgian Planetary Eternity Band Ring
Located in Baltimore, MD
Our rare Georgian planetary ring is made up of seven stones cut and polished en cabochon; 2 lapiz lazuli (blue), 2 goldstone (glass with copper flecks), 2 malachite (green) and a red...
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Antique 1830s Georgian Band Rings

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18k Gold

Antique Georgian Memorial Ring, c. 1780
Located in Aspen, CO
Georgian memorial ring. This is an historically important American 18K gold enameled and miniature painted (under rock crystal) mourning ring of a vessel commemorating "John Bailey ...
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Antique Late 18th Century Georgian More Rings

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Rock Crystal, 18k Gold

Georgian Table Cut Diamond Ring
Located in Southbury, CT
This Georgian-era 14K gold and silver ring features a sizeable -and quite rare- table cut diamond. The closed-back setting prevents an accurate measurement of the stone but it appear...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian More Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Silver

Antique Georgian Diamond Dinner Ring
Located in Denver, CO
An elongated oval-shaped plaque crafted in darkened silver over 10kt yellow gold sparkles with tiny rose cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.70 carats in an open-work leaf design r...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Cocktail Rings

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Diamond, Silver, 10k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Georgian Gold and Hair Ring
Located in Baltimore, MD
Marquis shaped memorialized ring of plaited hair set in 15K yellow gold with the initials LC in gold. The underside of the ring is engraved B.L.C. ob Nov 10 1789 aet 37;. The ring i...
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Antique Late 18th Century Georgian Signet Rings

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15k Gold

Georgian 18K Agate Navette Ring, C 1780
Located in Baltimore, MD
Dramatic and rare Georgian 18K gold and agate navette shaped ring revealing endless variations of the moss agate stone. Navette means "little ship", and shaped like a pointed oval. A...
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Antique 1780s Georgian Band Rings

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Agate, Gold, 18k Gold

Georgian Gold and Split Pearl Ring
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire
A Lovely Georgian c.1800 split Pearl ring in yellow gold. English origin. Size N UK, 7 US Height of the face 6mm Unmarked. The ring in very good condition for the age and ready t...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Band Rings

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Pearl, Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Georgian Enamel Diamond Gold Long Ring
Located in Chicago, IL
An antique, circa 1790 / 1810, gold ring with painted enamel pastoral scene (idealized country life) of a peasant girl carrying a basket of greens, set in a sky blue enamel frame emb...
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Antique Late 18th Century Georgian More Rings

Georgian Diamond Cluster Filigris Ring, 18K
Located in Baltimore, MD
Georgian diamond ring in a snowflake motif set in silver with an 18K band will sparkle in sunlight and candlelight. Notice the gorgeous back, a work of art in and of itself. The ring...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Cluster Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Georgian Diamond Cluster Ring, circa 1830
Located in London, GB
Georgian diamond cluster ring. Set with a cushion shape old cut diamond to centre in a closed back grain setting with a weight of 0.80 carats, encircled by a single row of eight cush...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Cluster Rings

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Diamond, Gold, Silver

Georgian Yellow Gold Pearl Half Hoop Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
Georgian Yellow Gold Pearl Half Hoop Ring the most gorgeous pearls surrounding half the ring, she’s precious! The item comes without the box in the photos but will be presented in...
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Antique 1820s Georgian Fashion Rings

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Pearl, Yellow Gold

Museum Quality Georgian Enamel Amethyst Mourning Ring
Located in London, GB
George Nassau was an English country gentleman, and the brother of Henry, 5th Earl of Rochford. He was a historian and bibliophile and amassed an extensive library including many man...
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Antique 1830s Georgian Cluster Rings

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Amethyst, Yellow Gold

Georgian Ruby and Diamond Ring, Yellow Gold
Located in New York, NY
A Ruby and Diamond Ring from the Georgian Era in yellow gold, with six mixed cut rubies and six rose-cut diamonds. Ring Size US 7. Diamonds: Color (H-I).
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Antique Early 1800s Georgian More Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Ruby, Yellow Gold

Georgian Table Cut Diamond Inscribed Gold Ring
Located in Narberth, PA
A very unusual and special diamond ring from the Georgian (ca1820) era! This rare single stone piece features a lovely and romantic design crafted in vibrant 18kt yellow gold. A spar...
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Antique 1820s Georgian More Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique Georgian Silver Antique Conversion Ring, Diamond Flower Conversion Ring
Located in Rottedam, NL
An antique diamond brooch conversion used-to-be, this stunning conversion ring is looking for a new home! Boasting a breathtaking and a very precise silver craftsmanship, this gem is...
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Antique 19th Century Georgian Fashion Rings

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Diamond, Silver, Sterling Silver

Georgian Hessonite Garnet Paste Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire
An Antique Georgian c.1800 Hessonite Garnet Paste solitaire ring. The Paste in a beautiful, chased gold setting on ridged shank. Size N UK, 7 US Height of the face 12mm, width 15mm. ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Engagement Rings

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9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Classic Georgian Amethyst Ring with Diamond Surround
Located in Baltimore, MD
This antique amethyst and diamond ring set in 15K gold would certainly have been worn by an elegant lady. The diamonds are cushion cuts and encircle two thirds of the band. The Georg...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Cluster Rings

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Amethyst, Diamond, 15k Gold

Georgian Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring, circa 1820
Located in London, GB
Georgian emerald and diamond cluster ring. Set to centre with an octagonal emerald-cut natural emerald with no colour enhancement in a closed back gold cut down setting with an appro...
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Antique 1820s Georgian Cluster Rings

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Diamond, Emerald

Antique Georgian 18K Paste Solitaire Basket Set Ring
Located in Baltimore, MD
Dramatic English Georgian period paste single stone cushion cut ring set in silver and backed in 18K. The ring is nicely engraved at the shoulders with an 18K band. The carved paste...
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Antique 1780s Georgian Solitaire Rings

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Silver, 18k Gold

Late Georgian Gold and Diamond Cluster Ring
Located in New York, NY
An antique diamond ring designed as a pavé diamond cluster, in 15K gold and sterling silver with pierced shoulders. England. Atw. 1.70 ct. old mine cut and single cut diamonds. To...
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Antique 1830s Georgian Cluster Rings

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Diamond, 15k Gold, Gold, Sterling Silver

Georgian Chased 18 Karat Gold Locket Band Ring
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire
A Rare Georgian c.1820 beautifully hand chased with flowers and foliage gold band with a hidden compartment. The band has a secret compartment that opens from inside. It contains a l...
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Antique 1820s Georgian Band Rings

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Georgian 9k Rose Gold Mourning Ring, Hairwork
Located in NEWARK, GB
A beautiful antique Georgian mourning ring in 9kt rose gold. It has a bevelled gold band with deep engraved shoulders with lovely fine detailing and an engraved frame surrounding th...
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Antique 19th Century Georgian More Rings

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9k Gold, Rose Gold

Georgian Old Mine Diamond Solitaire Ring, circa 1835
Located in London, GB
Georgian old mine diamond solitaire ring. Set to centre with a cushion shape old mine diamond in a closed back cut-down setting with an approximate weight of 4.30 carats, to an impre...
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Antique 1830s Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Gold, Silver

Antique Georgian Gold and Coral Half Eternity Ring
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire
Lovely Georgian c.1800 Gold and Coral half eternity ring. English origin. Size O UK, 7.5 US. Height of the face 6mm. Weight 1.4gr. Unmarked.
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Band Rings

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Coral, Yellow Gold

15K Georgian Gold Emerald Paste and Pearl Ring
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire
A Lovely Georgian c.1800 15 Carat Gold, Emerald colour paste and natural split Pearl ring. Slight graduated stones in close back setting. Stackable. English origin. Size S 1/2 UK, 9....
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Engagement Rings

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Pearl, 15k Gold

18k Yellow Gold Georgian Rose Cut Diamond Ring
Located in Victoria, BC
Here is a lovely 18k Yellow Gold Antique 18th century Georgian Rose Cut Diamond Ring. This Georgian era diamond ring features a center approx. 0.25ct rose oval cut diamond measuring...
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Antique 18th Century Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

Georgian Ruby Diamond Silver Gold Cluster Ring
Located in Firenze, IT
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). Designed as a stylized flower with...
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Antique Early 1800s Georgian Cluster Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, Gold, Silver, Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver

Georgian Diamond Enameled Urn Mourning Hair Locket Ring
Located in Narberth, PA
This exceptional memorial urn ring from the Georgian era (ca1779) is quite an unusual piece! Crafted in 18kt rose gold, the ring is richly detailed, and serves as a fine example of t...
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Antique 1770s Georgian More Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique Georgian Era Blue Glass Diamond Unisex Ring
Located in Chicago, IL
This impressive late 18th century, circa 1790, silver-topped gold ring is vertically set with a large cobalt blue glass plaque centered with three old cut diamonds set in silver cut ...
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Antique Late 18th Century Georgian Cluster Rings

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Diamond

Antique Georgian Gold Jesus Christ Enamel Mourning Ring
Located in Firenze, IT
Fabulous Rare Antique Georgian Gold Jesus Christ Enamel Mourning Ring A beautiful and very unusual antique Georgian yellow gold and enamel Jesus Christ mourning ring. This lovely ...
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Antique Late 18th Century Georgian Fashion Rings

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Ruby, Gold, Enamel

Georgian Rose Cut Diamond Ring 2ctw Center
Located in Narberth, PA
A breathtaking ring from the Georgian (ca1750s) era! Crafted in 18kt rosy yellow gold, this ring centers on an incredible ~2ctw Rose Cut diamond. The foil-backed diamond has an incre...
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Antique 1750s Georgian Dome Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Georgian Enameled 0.60 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Narberth, PA
An exquisite diamond ring from the Georgian (ca1830) era! This gorgeous 18kt gold ring features a stunning cushion Mine Cut diamond at the center, which weighs approximately 0.60ct w...
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Antique 1830s Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Late Georgian Pearl and Crystal 9 Carat Gold Mourning Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This lovely example of a late Georgian mourning ring holds a weave of hair behind crystal which sits on the most beautiful shoulders. The shoulders feature a raised flower pattern an...
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Antique 1830s Georgian More Rings

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Crystal, Pearl

Georgian Diamond and Carved Agate Gold Memorial Ring
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1780, 22k, England. This exceptional Georgian memorial ring features 1.50 carats of finely cut diamonds surrounding a carved agate featuring an urn. Inscribed and dated 1780, ...
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Antique 1780s Georgian Fashion Rings

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Agate, Diamond, Gold, 22k Gold, Yellow Gold

C1720 Georgian Diamond Cluster Flower Form Ring
Located in Baltimore, MD
Early Georgian rose diamond cluster ring set in silver with an 18K gold embossed band. Rings of this period are very scarce and hard to find in such wonderful condition. This is a re...
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Antique 1720s Georgian Cluster Rings

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Diamond, Sterling Silver, 18k Gold

Georgian Diamond and Pearl 15 Carat Gold Cluster Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
The diamond is rose cut and surrounding it is a shimmering halo of pearls. The ring has decorative shoulders and band. Ring Size: N or 6 3/4 Cluster Diameter: 10mm Weight: 2g
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Antique 1830s Georgian Cluster Rings

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Diamond, Pearl, Gold

Georgian Ruby and Pearl 15 Carat Gold Cluster Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This ring is in gorgeous condition for an oldie! The ruby is a lovely pink colour and surrounding it is a shimmering halo of pearls. The split shoulders lead perfectly down to a simp...
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Antique Early 1800s Georgian Cluster Rings

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Pearl, Ruby, Gold

Georgian 18K Turquoise 7 Stone Half Hoop Ring w/ Chased Shoulders
Located in Baltimore, MD
Late Georgian half hoop ring with 7 well matched turquoise stones set en cabochon with the largest turquoise in the center and each stone graduated in size, individually hand carved ...
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Antique 1830s Georgian Band Rings

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Turquoise, 18k Gold

Georgian Dutch Crown Rose Diamond Cluster Ring, 18K
Located in Baltimore, MD
Dramatic Georgian rose diamond cluster ring set in silver with an 18K gold band. The center stone is a large Dutch crown rose diamond. The cluster ring head is almost .75 inches in d...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Cluster Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Sterling Silver

Antique Georgian Enamel Gold Memorial Ring Symbolizes Remember Me
Located in Stamford, CT
An 18th century ring of spectacular design in an elongated oval form displays a bow of white hair tied with gold thread placed under its crystal. The crystal frame is gold framed by ...
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Antique Early 1800s Georgian More Rings

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Crystal, 15k Gold, Enamel

Georgian Style Black Enamel Memento Mori Ring, Enamel Silver Skeleton Band Ring
Located in Rottedam, NL
Antique style enamel skeleton band inscribed: "Memento Mori". The ring design is inspired by Georgian era (1714-1830's) mourning jewelry designs. The ring is solid silver, fully hal...
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Antique 17th Century Georgian Band Rings

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Sterling Silver, Silver, Enamel

Georgian 22K Memorial Ring with Pearl Surround, Hallmarked 1833
Located in Baltimore, MD
Lovely late Georgian 22 carat gold ring that is hallmarked Birmingham 1833. The ring has a surround of of natural split pearls around a rectangular beautifully enameled border in bla...
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Antique 1830s Georgian More Rings

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Pearl, 22k Gold

Antique Georgian Flat Cut Garnet Mourning Ring, 9k Gold
Located in NEWARK, GB
A charming antique Georgian flat cut garnet mourning ring. Originally converted from a brooch or lace pin this beautiful piece has been made into a ring and it really works! The fa...
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Antique 19th Century Georgian Cluster Rings

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Garnet, 9k Gold

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Georgian Ring For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate georgian ring for your needs in our varied inventory. Frequently made of Gold, 18k Gold and 15k Gold, this item was constructed with great care. In our selection of items, you can find a vintage example as well as a contemporary version. Making the right choice when shopping for a georgian ring may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 18th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. For this particular piece, 1 Carat and 1.5 Carat are consistently popular carat weights. There have been many well-made iterations of the classic georgian ring over the years, but those made by Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection, Single Stone and Neil Lane Couture are often thought to be among the most beautiful. While most can agree that any georgian ring from our collection can easily elevate most outfits, but the choice of a Diamond version from the 339 available is guaranteed to add a special touch to your ensemble. A rose cut version of this piece has appeal, but there are also oval cut and cushion cut versions for sale. Finding a georgian ring for sale for women should be easy, but there are 326 pieces available to browse for unisex as well as men, too.

How Much is a Georgian Ring?

Prices for a georgian ring can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $300 and can go as high as $275,000, while this accessory, on average, fetches $2,800.

A Close Look at georgian Jewelry

Georgian jewelry is named for the monarchies of the four King Georges, who in succession ruled England starting in 1714 (plus King William’s reign, which lasted until 1837). A slew of beautiful pieces were produced during the period, and today antique Georgian rings, necklaces and other accessories are coveted by fine jewelry collectors.

There are certain features that distinguish jewelry from this era, including the fact that pieces from the 18th and early 19th centuries were handmade (so don’t let the absence of a maker’s mark lead you to believe otherwise). Antique Georgian jewelry also has a certain “look.” It’s a bit gray because stones were often set in silver, and because stonecutting techniques were not as advanced as they are today, the gems do not possess the level of sparkle to which we have become accustomed.

Intricate metalworking techniques such as repoussé (the hammering of metal into ornate designs) and cannetille (a method of working the gold wire to make it look woven) allowed goldsmiths to really flex their muscles. These gold pieces, either on their own or combined with gemstones, made for highly original and dramatic jewelry. The era also saw pieces with ornately woven strands of human hair.

Pearls, along with colored gemstones like garnets, rubies and sapphires, were widely used in Georgian jewelry. These were often cut in the shape of a cabochon or teardrop. It was fashionable to combine garnets or rubies with seed pearls. In Georgian diamond rings, popular cuts for diamonds included rose, old mine and table. Around the 1780s, paste jewelry, or hand-cut glass on foil, was used to imitate diamonds.

Browse a collection of antique Georgian diamond rings, earrings, brooches and other authentic Georgian jewelry today on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Rings for You

Antique and vintage rings have long held a special place in the hearts of fine jewelry lovers all over the world.

No matter their origin or specific characteristics, rings are timeless, versatile accessories. They’ve carried deep meaning since at least the Middle Ages, when diamond rings symbolized strength and other kinds of rings were worn to signify romantic feelings or to denote an affiliation with a religious order. Rings have also forever been emblematic of eternity.

Over time, rings have frequently taken the form of serpents, which have long been associated with eternal life, health and renewal. Italian luxury jewelry house Bvlgari has become famous for its widely loved Serpenti motif, for example, and its Serpenti ring, like the other accessories in the collection, began as an homage to jewelry of the Roman and Hellenistic eras. The serpent is now a popular motif in fine jewelry. Jewelry devotees have long pined for rings adorned with reptiles, thanks to antique Victorian rings — well, specifically, Queen Victoria’s illustrious engagement ring, which took the form of a gold snake set with rubies, diamonds and an emerald (her birthstone). Designs for Victorian-era engagement rings often featured repoussé work and chasing, in which patterns are hammered into the metal.

Engagement rings, which are reliably intimidating to shop for, are still widely recognized as symbols of love and commitment. The most collectible engagement rings are those from the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras. Named for the monarchies of the four King Georges, who in succession ruled England starting in 1714 (plus King William’s reign), antique Georgian rings, be they engagement rings or otherwise, are also coveted by collectors. Pearls, along with colored gemstones like garnets, rubies and sapphires, were widely used in Georgian jewelry. The late-1700s paste jewelry was a predecessor to what we now call fashion or costume jewelry.

The Art Nouveau movement (1880–1910) brought with it rings inspired by the natural world. Antique Art Nouveau rings might feature depictions of winged insects and fauna as well as women, who were simultaneously eroticized and romanticized, frequently with long flowing hair. Art Deco jewelry, on the other hand, which originated during the 1920s and ’30s, is by and large “white jewelry.” White metals, primarily platinum, were favored over yellow gold in the design of antique Art Deco rings and other accessories as well as geometric motifs, with women drawn to the era’s dazzling cocktail rings in particular.

Whether you’re hunting down a chunky classic for a Prohibition-themed cocktail party or seeking a clean contemporary design to complement your casual ensemble, find an exquisite collection of antique, new and vintage rings on 1stDibs.