Victorian 14kt Yellow Gold Allsopp Brothers Garnet and Seed Pearl Ring (Vintage)
It gives us great pleasure when we find pieces from historic named jewelry manufacturers. The Allsopp Brothers are about as historic as it gets. Founded in Newark, NJ in 1887 under the name H. Allsopp & Co. the two brothers, Henry and George, having arrived from England in 1881, moved from their initial store location to a McWhorter St. address and changed their name to Allsopp Brothers at that time. Having started with three employees, by 1901 they had grown their business to over thirty-five local employees and four traveling salesmen. Most of their rings were considered “gift rings” to be given to convey sentiments associated with the stones used and then later with the birthstones assigned to each month. We don’t know if our Garnet and Seed Pearl ring was the former or the latter but we love it nonetheless.
What We Love About It:
Allsopp Brothers rings so popular that they made the “language of rings” as highly understood at flowers were to the aesthetic mind. The garnets and pearls, while a little worn in this ring (and wouldn’t you be too if you were over 100 years old?) are still beautiful and speak to you.
The ring is made from 14kt gold and holds four 2.5mm ea. prong-set round cut garnets (two on each side) that are a deep wine color (associated with almandine garnets) and six light grey seed pearls down the center. There’s lovely flourish scrollwork down the shoulders and shank of the ring on each side and inside the shank, you’ll find the Allsopp Brothers hallmark – an A inside a circle with an adjacent star. It’s currently a size 8 US but could easily be sized by our jeweler (see options and pricing in within this listing) or yours. It weighs in at 1.93g and is currently a US size 8 but could easily be sized up or down by our jeweler (see options and pricing in this listing) or by yours.
Allsopp Brothers may be the source of some of our favorite things to ever come out of New Jersey, and we’re thrilled to bring this little piece of history to you.