c. 1900 J.R. Wood & Sons Transitional Cut Diamond Buttercup Solitaire Engagement Ring

Period: c. 1890s - early 1900s late/post Victorian 

Marks: the piece is stamped “14K” with Σ, presumably the mark for J.R. Wood & Sons. J.R. Wood was a renowned and prolific jewelry firm established in 1850 off of Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn, New York. The first son, Rawson, joined in 1883, at which point the company became J.R. Wood & Son. The name changed once again in 1889 with the addition of St. John Wood (the second son), thereby leading to the better-known J.R. Wood & Sons. As the firm turned towards a specialization in diamond rings, they acquired additional space in NY in 1896. This piece likely hails from that historical development. (BTW: J.R. Wood & Sons would later become Artcarved, a renowned jewelry company in its own right.)

Inscription: the ring is inscribed “JGR CJZ”, or possibly "EGR CJZ", or maybe even “JGR CJQ”. It’s hard to tell. See the images and take a stab at it. Keep in mind that the original owners were likely hittin' the sherry and attempting to read this in candlelight. Or, if they were fancy-pants city-dwellers, perhaps gaslight. True, they could take it outside for an attempt, but why risk dropping such a beautiful piece in a mucky cobblestone street covered in all sorts of horsey foulness? Maybe they middled it and attempted to read the inscription indoors with window light. If you get this ring and look at it by the window, perhaps while scratching your head in a bit of befuddlement (don't forget the sherry!), count yourself in good company. 

Materials: 14K gold ("antique gold" hue)

Dimensions: the ring measures 6.2 mm wide across the top; it stands 3.0 mm tall above the finger—this is a very low-profile piece

Size: just shy of 7 (free sizing)

Diamond: .40 carat Transitional Cut diamond with approx. H-I color and SI2 clarity (diamond graded in its mounting by a GIA GD—grades are approximate and determined as mounting permits)




Item Q4019