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14K Gold Edwardian-Inspired Hand Engraved Lucky Nail Ring with Diamonds and Milgrain Edge


We came across an original L. Fritzsche and Co. nail pendant from the Edwardian era and loved the hand engraved scrolling foliate along the surface of the nail. We cast the pendant and had our jeweler carefully bend the nail into the shape of a ring, with the tip of the nail touching the head. Because we work with our own hand engraver, the pattern of each of our nail rings is slightly different. This one has milgrain that delineates the band and nailhead, adding a ticking effect to the outer edges of the ring. The intricate engraved details of a flower and scrolling foliate catch the light in a mesmerizing shimmer.

The nailhead is embellished with three round bead set diamonds.  It makes a gorgeous asymmetrical centerpiece, using Edwardian elements to create a fresh, contemporary look.

Equestrian jewelry was popular in the Edwardian era, and denotes good fortune, power, accomplishment, and strength. The original Edwardian piece that this ring is cast from was made by L. Fritzsche, circa 1908, a jeweler who was known for a horseshoe bracelet with similar engravings as this one, and who was responsible for much of the equestrian jewelry created at that time. 

The three round diamonds are 1 mm each. The ring weighs 3.19 grams. The nailhead is 5/16" wide. The ring is unmarked and acid tests as 14k gold.

Ring size 5.5.  Due to the pattern, the ring cannot be resized but it can be opened slightly to fit a size 6.

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