This lovely agate ring is simply set in a beautiful bezel with another edge of gold rope work framing it. It is not a delicate ring, but made with substantial heft with another frame of gold in the under gallery that sits snug to your finger. The band shows minimal wear.
The agate is a clear color with a dark brown silhouette that looks almost bat like.
Moss Dendritic Agate
Cut: oval cabochon
Weight: 2.65 cts estimated weight
Measurements: 15 x 11 x 2.13 mm
Dimensions: 18 x 14.6 mm / 4.8 mm high off the finger / 4.7 - 1.7 mm wide
Finger Size: 7
Metal: 10k yellow gold
Markings: OB 10K for *Ostby & Barton & Co.
Weight: 3.3 grams
Condition Rating: 8 (ring has had a deep cleaning, light hand polish, stone shows minor wear)
Ostby & Barton & Co. a jewelry manufacturer from Providence dating from 1880-1950's. Tragedy befell on this company in 1912 when Englehart Ostby went down with the Titanic.
Art Nouveau Dendritic Picture Agate Moss Agate 14k Gold Ring by Ostby & Barton
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.