A382 Circa 1850, pre-Civil War, Raspberry Garnet Ring set in 18 karat Gold:


A382

The ring is handmade with the 18 karat Gold setting crafted by a Master Goldsmith. The method used is the Lost Wax Method.
Information on the very early method of Jewelry making:
Lost-wax casting (also called "investment casting", "precision casting", or cire perdue in French) Dependent on the sculptor's skills, intricate works can be achieved by this method. The oldest known examples of this technique are the objects discovered in the Cave of the Treasure (Nahal Mishmar) hoard in southern Israel, and which belong to the Chalcolithic period (4500–3500 BCE). Conservative Carbon 14 estimates date the items to c. 3700 BCE, making them more than 5700 years old.[1][2] Though the process today varies from foundry to foundry, the steps used in casting small bronze sculptures are fairly standardized. (In modern industrial use, the process is called investment casting.) Variations of the process include: "lost mold", which recognizes that materials other than wax can be used (such as: tallow, resin, tar, and textile);[3] and "waste wax process" (or "waste mold casting"), because the mold is destroyed to remove the cast item.[4][5] Lost-wax casting was widespread in Europe until the 18th century, when a piece-molding process came to predominate. But continued into the late 19th Century for Jewelry making. On Wikipedia

The ring is set with a hand cut and hand set Raspberry Garnet of one carat in weight. The stone is a rich deep color; the ring size is a 6 ¼ and can be resized if needed. The ring is in excellent condition and has an Insured value of $2300.00 as of March 2015.

Price: $775.00