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Baroque Freshwater Pearl and Ruby Ring


Dating from the Art Nouveau period, this gold ring centers a freshwater Baroque pearl amidst scrolling tendrils and foliage highlighted by four circular-cut rubies. With its high luster and pretty rose-hued orient, the large pearl pairs beautifully with the crimson rubies, while the engraved gold mount with its sculptural modeling gracefully elongates the finger.

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Item #: R-19937
Circa: 1900s
Size: 6 (this ring may be resized, please contact us for further information); 1.25" length, 0.625" width
Materials: Baroque freshwater pearl; 4 Round-cut rubies; 14K Gold with 18K gold plating
Signed: With period inscription, "L to F" and "2/25/24"

American freshwater pearls were first harvested in New Jersey, the finest of which was acquired by Tiffany & Co. and sold to Empress Eugenie of France, who was an exceptional pearl connoisseur. The Mississippi River and its tributaries yielded enough of these beautiful organic gems to cause a mini-boom in pearl harvesting as a cottage industry, but unsustainable methods meant that these would-be pearl fishers were soon required to return to their former day jobs.