ANTIQUE EDWARDIAN DEMANTOID GARNET AND DIAMOND RING ON 18ct YELLOW GOLD
This stunning Edwardian Ring, beautifully crafted by Saunders and Sheppard* who famously made Lady Di’s Wedding Day Bracelet, is a stunningly beautiful example of their work during the Edwardian period in their Chester workshop.
This ring features three old-cut Diamonds set along the finger in a bar, with six grain set Demantoid garnets to each side, in a scroll setting, with an intricate and ornate weeping scroll in gold to each side. Beautifully set in 18ct yellow Gold.
This ring features very crisp Hallmarks, and is in amazing condition, considering the age of this piece.
Sits really well on the hand, with a low profile, this ring is as beautiful now as the day it was made.
Stones: 3 old-mine-cut Diamonds
6 Demantoid Garnets
Metal: 18ct Yellow Gold
Size: M/N (6.25 US) (6.50 US) Diameter = 16.65mm Circumference = 52.5mm
Hallmarks: Saunders & Sheppard, 18ct, Chester 1906
Weight: 2.73 grams
Condition: Excellent Antique condition stones are all unabraded and securely set, the gold is unscratched, the band is still original width all round
*Saunders & Shepherd were silversmiths and jewellers based in London trading from 1869 to the present day. Their claim to fame is the invention of the self-closing bracelet in 1889.
The firm was started by Cornelius Desormeaux Saunders (senior) and James Francis Hollings Shepherd in 1869. They registered their silver mark in 1893 and by 1899 they were known as goldsmiths, silversmiths, jewellers, gold chain and gem ring makers and particularly specialised in making silver, jet and onyx jewellery for export. Due to their ongoing success they opened branches in Birmingham and Chester.
They registered as a limited company in 1916 as Saunders, Shepherd & Co. Ltd and now had factories in Fetter Lane in London, Birmingham and a branch in Glasgow.
Between 1916 and the 1940s they established a strong reputation for jewellery design and also started to manufacture and import watches. They struggled during the depression of the 1930s and had their London premises badly bomb damaged in 1941. They went down to just 30 employees by 1945 but managed to keep going, moving to Bleeding Heart Yard in London in 1980.
In 1981 they were commissioned by Lady Diana Spencer to make an 18ct gold bracelet which she wore on her wedding day in July of that year..
They are now based at their new factory at Birmingham.