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Victorian Jewelry: VJ246

RADIANT “PEACOCK EYE” RING ( Antique Edwardian Jewelry Peacock Eye Ring ): This luscious oval 10 KT Gold Ring is set with a breathtaking circular cabochon known as a “Peacock” Eye. (c. 1890-1920) These brilliantly colored glass stones were hand made of blue and green foiling to resemble the center or “eye” of a peacock tail feather. At the turn of the century the British Arts and Crafts Movement and the French Art Nouveau Style caught fire and burned with a passion for a short while, but had quite an impact on jewelry history. The two styles have much in common: the use of inexpensive gemstones and other materials, the “whiplash” curve, motifs taken from nature and the Japanese influence. This may explain the difficulty in determining which elements constitute which style. The gold detail work on each side of this ring seems to me to indicate that this ring is an example of the Arts and Crafts style – although the two styles can be mixed together in one piece. The inside shows the maker's mark “LK”. This is a radiant and superb example of turn of the century art jewelry.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Circular peacock eye cabochon is 1/2” in diameter, 3/8” deep. Ring has 5/8” shoulders tapering to 1/8” wide at back.Ring size is 7 1/4.

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