We wish we knew Anna and George. Who are they, you ask? Well, all we know is that Anna gave George this awesome Edwardian Garnet ring, made by the famous MB Bryant Jewelry house, on Christmas 1905. We’re pretty sure, just by looking at the ring, that Anna and George were cool folks. How could they not be, given how stunning this ring is?
What We Love About It: Besides the adorable engraving on the inside and the newly polished deep wine colored cabochon garnet, we love that the ring is unisex in nature. It’s of a size that it would look good on either a man’s or woman’s hand.
The Deets: The ring was made in the early 1900s by MB Bryant, a famed New York jewelry house and crafted out of 12kt yellow gold with decorative accents on the side. The cabochon cut garnet measures 15mm x 10mm and is bezel set into the mounting. The ring is currently a size 9.75 US but could easily be sized by our jeweler (see options in this listing) or yours and the ring weighs 6.89g. Monroe B. Bryant got his start in the jewelry business in the 1840s. He formed the company in 1858 and by the late 1800s was a leading jeweler in New York City. He was an ardent abolitionist and one of the original founders of the Republican party, serving as a delegate at the very first Republican Convention in 1856. M.B. Bryant died in 1907 and at that time was known as “the oldest ringmaker in America” according to his New York Times obituary. As a Bryant ring, this piece is highly collectible.
If only this ring could talk and tell us all about being made at the MB Bryant jewelry house and then about its life with Anna and George. But alas, we’ll just have to guess at all of that.