While the main objective of foiling was to increase the color of the stone and to increase its brilliance, it was also used to impersonate another gemstone. In the 17th century, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, to name a few, were used in both rivieres and in esclavage necklaces. For those who could not afford these gemstones, rock crystals that had had the backs covered in foil could create the effect of these precious gems.
This Victorian ring example features a foiled garnet snuggled by a halo of rose-cut diamonds. Halo rings have a vintage style and make a great engagement ring.
Materials and Features: foiled garnet, sterling, 18k gold
Age/Origin: English, c. 1880
Measurements: Size 7, 13mm across top
Condition: Excellent condition. May have had shank updated.
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