Art Nouveau jewelry display soft curves and exude femininity. This period is the precursor to the Art Deco period, so you can see elements of the deco lines in the cut of the gemstones that sit in this ring. I would date this the end of the Art Nouveau period into the Deco period, so they overlap. The carnelian stones are kite shaped and prong set. They look original to the piece and are a nice match. The center looks like a cherry blossom, seen in much of the jewelry in this period.
Carnelian is part of the Chalcedony family. The orange color in this stone is attributed to traces of iron oxide. The hardness of the stone measures 6-7 on the Mohs Scale. Carnelian is known to boost courage and self esteem, it improves circulation and stress.
Cut: kite shaped
Measurements: 4 @ 5 x 5 mm
Dimensions: 13.4 x 14 mm / shank 4.4 - 1.4 mm wide / 6.9 mm high off the finger
Metal: 10k Yellow Gold
Markings: 10K illegible makers mark
Finger Size: 5.25 can be sized
Weight: 2.8 grams
Condition Rating: 8 (has been cleaned and stones checked)
Art Nouveau Carnelian Ring in 10k Yellow Gold
Bracelets and rings get the most wear out of all the styles of jewelry. Make sure that your jewelry is professionally cleaned and your stones checked annually.
For gold rings, the higher the karat weight, the softer the metal will be, and the easier it will scratch. Frequent polishing is unecessary. Polishing your rings removes layers of metals and will thin it out through time.
The same goes with platinum, as it is a malleable and softer metal, yet denser, which makes it last longer. Platinum is also a white metal naturally and stays white, whereas white gold is yellow that has white alloys giving it a whiter appearance, but will never be as white as platinum.
For high value items, typically of $1,000, it is a good idea to have your pieces insured on your homeowners policy or with a separate insurer like Jewelers Mutual.