Antique Ruby Flower Ring

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Flower ring of  ruby petals surrounded by diamonds, set in platinum.

French, ca. 1910.

$32,000

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Victorian Diamond and Ruby Snake Bracelet

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Coiled snake bracelet with gold scaled body, with an old-mine diamond and ruby head and tail set in silver.

English, ca. 1880

$42,000

Victorian Old-Mine Diamond and Ruby Coiled Snake Bracelet, backVictorian Old-Mine Diamond and Ruby Coiled Snake Bracelet, arm

Art Deco Natural Ruby and Diamond Ring

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Art Deco natural ruby ring set in a pavé diamond and platinum mount.

English, ca. 1930
(Ruby approx. 2.85 cts.)

$35,000

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Antique Tiffany & Co. Midsummer Night’s Dream Brooch with Star Ruby

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Titania reclines amidst a dragonfly and a wasp on a spiderweb while holding hands with winged Puck. The pin is sculpted in 18kt gold and adorned with an oval cabochon star ruby and a natural pearl drop.

by Tiffany and Co., ca. 1900
Height: 1-1/2 inches
(Star ruby approximately 5.84 cts.)

$28,000

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1920s Diamond and Ruby Bombé Ring

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Mixed cut pavé diamond bombé ring with cabochon ruby in center, set in platinum.

American, ca. 1925

$12,000

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Bombé Ruby and Diamond Ring

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Platinum-set bombé ruby and diamond ring.

English, ca. 1930
31 rubies approximately 4.80 cts, 48 diamonds approximately 2.00 cts

$15,000

The item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

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Georgian Diamond and Ruby Earrings

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Georgian pavé old mine diamond and ruby pendeloque earrings, set in silver and gold.

English, late 18th century.
Length: 1 1/2 in.

$48,000

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Fabergé Diamond and Ruby Necklace

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Antique diamond and ruby negligee necklace set in platinum and gold, each pendant suspending a natural pearl.

Fabergé, ca. 1900.
Chain length: 17 1/2 in.
Pendant length: 2 in.

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Fabergé Gold and Ruby Mini Egg Pendant

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Miniature gold Easter egg pendant set with cabochon ruby.

Fabergé, Moscow, ca. 1910.
Length: 3/4 in. incl. bail

Provenance: Albert and Nora McGill

The McGill family were prominent British residents of Moscow in the 19th century. They played a significant role in the founding of Russia’s cotton mill industry and formed close family ties with other British families living in Moscow, such as the Shanks, and the Bowes, as well as the Russian aristocracy. Albert McGill’s cousin, Emma Billet, married Henry ‘Allan’ Talbot Bowe, who was closely connected with Fabergé. Born in South Africa and educated in England, Allan moved to Moscow to work for his cousin at the retailer Magasin Anglais. He worked there until 1886, when he met Carl Fabergé by chance while traveling by train from Russia to Paris. Fabergé recognized Allan’s potential, and together they opened Fabergé’s Moscow branch in 1887. Later, in 1903, the demand for Fabergé in England led him and his brother Arthur to open a London branch, which they operated until 1906 when management transferred to Fabergé’s son, Nicholas, and Henry Charles Bainbridge.

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ALVR Blog: A Shakespearean Star (Ruby)

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While we cannot enjoy the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park this year, for your viewing pleasure we are pleased to present a production of our own: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring July’s birthstone: ruby!

main view, Gold Midsummer Night's Dream Tiffany Brooch with Star Ruby

This Art Nouveau brooch by Tiffany & Co. takes inspiration from one of Shakespeare’s most famous works. The turn-of-the-twentieth-century movement focused on using new, freer forms of expression in an effort to break away from nineteenth-century historicism. Stylistic characteristics included nature, fantasy, curving lines, and female figures. A sinuous form surrounded by winged insects, a dragonfly and moth, and the brooch’s fantasy theme are quintessentially Art Nouveau. In the United States, Tiffany & Co. was the foremost company producing not only jewelry but also decorative art works in the Art Nouveau style. It is only fitting that an early Tiffany Art Nouveau piece would take inspiration from the fairy realm of a Shakespearean play.

The brooch features a 5.84-carat oval cabochon star ruby – referring to the six-pointed star visible within the stone. The use of such a stone in this design is particularly clever, with the lines of the asterism emphasizing the gold spider web surrounding it. The asterism gives the stone a magical, otherworldly quality, an enchanting phenomenon that inspires The Bard in all of us.

Tiffany Midsummer Night's Dream Brooch, ruby

In gemology history and lore, ruby is considered the king of precious gems, a title coming from the Sanskrit word, “ratnaraj.” The stone’s rarity and hardness (second to diamond) befit this title. Ruby was also valued for its perceived powers, like curing inflammatory diseases, predicting misfortune, soothing anger, and bringing success in love.

As a symbol of passion and power, ruby is an appropriate choice for a jewel inspired by one of literature’s most famous marital quarrels. To recap, Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, are estranged because Titania refuses to give Oberon her Indian changeling. Oberon retaliates by calling upon the fairy Puck to help him create a potion from a flower called “love in idleness.” When the concoction is applied to a sleeping person’s eyelids, they fall in love with the first living creature they see upon awakening.

“Fetch me that flower; the herb I shew’d thee once:
The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees.”

Oberon hopes Titania will fall in love with an animal so he can shame her into giving up her changeling. The brooch depicts this moment of enchantment, when Oberon applies the potion to Titania’s sleeping eyelids and says:

“What thou seest when thou dost wake,
Do it for thy true-love take,
Love and languish for his sake:
Be it ounce, or cat, or bear,
Pard, or boar with bristled hair,
In thy eye that shall appear
When thou wakest, it is thy dear:
Wake when some vile thing is near.”

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1930s Pigeon Blood Ruby and Diamond Earrings

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Pair of matched Burmese pigeon blood ruby and brilliant cut diamond earrings, set in platinum.

French, ca. 1930.
Length: 1 inch

$40,000

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Antique Diamond, Ruby, Emerald Floral Spray Brooch

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Diamond, ruby, and emerald spray brooch set en tremblant in silver and gold with approximately 4 carats of emeralds,  3 carats of rubies and 4.75 carats of old-mine-cut diamonds.

French, ca. 1825.
Length: 3-1/4 inches

$39,000

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