Post # 1
So, I just got this ring from eBay, I bought it from a pawn shop and the seller had pretty much no info on the ring, I got it for a great price and am super happy with it. I think it’s beautiful! Anyway, I decided to google the marking, so see if I could get any info on it just for curiositys sake, and found that the marking is from J.R. Wood and sons, a company that was founded in 1890, and is still technically around today, they changed their name to Artcarved in 1975. So, my guess is that in the 70’s the began to stamp their pieces artcarved instead of with the sideways W.
I wasn’t really able to find much on my ring exactly, so if anyone has info or ressources that would be appreciated!
Here is the ring in question,
And here is the marking
I found this catalogue from the 20’s, does this look like my ring?
Post # 3
I have no idea, but I’ll be interested to hear what you find out! Beautiful ring, by the way! And happy sleuthing 🙂
Post # 4
A Jeweller Appraiser is probably your best bet… and someone that specializes in Estate Jewellery.
Honestly, as a gal who got engaged at the end of the 1970s, I could say that it looks a lot like a good deal of the rings I saw in the 1960s and 70s…
Then again, it is a “classic” style and looks a lot like the ones you found in their own 1920s Catalogue
Which is EXACTLY WHY you need to get a Professional Appraisal
Hope this helps (somewhat),
Post # 5
@This Time Round: Thanks, I don’t really care enough to pay for an appraisal, it’s just a curiousity thing. 🙂
Also, the prongs are yellow gold, isn’t that unusual? I wonder when it became common to set diamonds in white metal with yellow gold shanks.
I’ve been looking at rings of vaious periods, and I think this one looks like it fits as a 20’s ring.
It looks a little like this one I found on ruby lane,
Post # 6
Hi Mrs Mayo,
I believe that your ring is from 1905- 1925. The maker’s mark in the ring, however, I’m not quite so certain that the ring is JR Wood. The W in the JR Wood mark is very thick and straight – yours is slender and a bit more “scripty”. FYI – you also see both the W and the “Artcarved” marks in the 50’s – slowly transitioning to just Art Carved a few decades later. While JR Wood did make rings like this – so did many other jeweler in the US in the early 20th century
The hallmark should look more like this:
Looking closely at your hallmark, is there a star between the 14 and the W? it’s somewhat faded so I can’t tell. If so, in my dealings with such hallmarks, you see the star between the Maker’s initial and the gold content in pieces made from 1890 – 1930. It was a bit of a trend to do this in the day. The overall design of your piece really links it closely with items closer to 1910-1920. The diamond looks like an Old European to me, but I can’t see it as closely as I’d like to make a clear assessment.
It’s a very pretty piece.
Post # 7
I had an old ring that was my grandmother’s from Russia – I took it to get appraised and they were able to tell me TONS – how it was mined, where the diamonds were from, when it was made etc. Have you tried taking it to a jeweler for a more definitive answer? You may need an appraisal for insurance reasons anyway?
Post # 8
@Mrs_Richardson: Thank you so much for your reply! Sorry it took me so long to see it! I really want to get my hands on a book of antique/vintage jewelery markings, JR wood seems to have had such variety of marks; sideways W, sideways W with “woods”, W artcarved etc.. I have seen pictures of other JR wood and sons pieces with similar markings to my ring, the markings in my band seem worn/faded. I don’t see a star in it.
I gave myself such a migrain trying to figure out what I thought the cut was, I still flip flop from Old european cut to transitional, I was able to get a pretty good close up picture of the diamond, it has a super cute little culet 🙂
Thanks so much for your post, you seem to know your stuff! I think antique vintage jewelery is so interesting! I like the timeframe of 1910-1920, it’s so neat to think of all the things this little treasure of mine has seen 🙂
Post # 9
@habibti: That’s so cool that they were able to give you so much info! I haven’t taken it anywhere yet, I think I will soon just beacuse I am so curious about it!