Victorian Gemstone rings from 1899

Colored stone engagement rings

The fad for color has affected even the engagement ring, and while the diamond solitaire remains always fashionable, the betrothal of two fond hearts just now calls into requisition as its symbol the brighter hues of rubies, emeralds, sapphires and turquoises. The pearl, too, enormously popular for every purpose, presents itself in this guise.

The cut [image at right] shows prevailing styles.

No. 1, the ruby and diamond double heart, surmounted with a true lover’s knot, appeals to the very sentimental. The girl who likes style will unhesitatingly choose No. 6, the diamond and ruby marquise, which is the latest and most chic of all.

Ring No. 2, representing a ruby and sapphire double cluster, with the shank jeweled with brilliants, is very handsome. No. 3, ruby and diamond, is one of the most fashionable rings of the day. No. 5 shows the esteem in which the emerald is held.

Deep in the heart of every girl is an affection for the turquoise, though it be less costly and rare than some of the other stones, and ring No. 4 satisfies this, while No. 7 responds to the traditional feeling that associates pearls with betrothal and the wedding ring. The side stones of the last two are diamonds.

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Victorian Gemstone rings from 1899


About this story

Source publication: The Norfolk Weekly News (Norfolk, Neb.); Large images from Gems by Streeter & Co., Ltd. catalog (1899)

Source publication date: December 21, 1899

Filed under: 1890s, Beauty & fashion, For women, Weddings

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