Georgian 15 ct Gold Almandine Garnet and Paste Ring
A richly coloured, facet cut, oval almandine garnet is surrounded by a black dot paste halo.
The depth of colour of the stone is enhanced by the closed-back, foiled setting.
The verso of the central mount is rated, circa 1780. The "black-spot/black-dot" pastes are so named because jewellers in the 1700's, and earlier, would occasionally rub a spot (dot) of black, pitch-like paint across the flat cut or pointed bottom of the cullet (under) of faceted paste or crystal stones. It was sometimes used to create the look of mine-cut or European-cut diamonds or gemstones when the stone was viewed from the top (or table).
The common material used for the paste was rock crystal during this period. The top surface of the ring is attached to the tapered D shaped band by a decorative silver Fleur de Lis shoulder above four parallel indents each side.
The condition of the ring is good and the setting as been checked by an independent jeweller.
There is some signs of wear on the underside as you will see in the photos.
Metal: tests for 15ct gold.
Total weight : 2.7 gm .
Top of the ring is 12x25mm.
Garnet is 6.88mm x 8.45 mm.