Vintage Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring, Peranakan Jewellery
20k Peranakan ruby ring set in a cluster of diamonds.
The rubies are a fine red-pink, which is why they are brilliant even when small. The old cut diamonds are also very white and fiery.
One revealing design of Peranakan jewellery is the evident space amongst the gemstones, at times even for very small stones, like in this ring. This is to allow each gem to be bezel set and then each bezel to be placed at different heights.
The outcome is a very well dimensioned shape, where small stones often appear ‘singled out’ and their colours more vivid by the goldwork of the bezels. Imagine each bezel raised like a tulip cupping the stone and you can see the design rationale.
In fact the diamonds are set in a shared bezel, raised like ‘stalks’ from a very simple flat gold band. It is amazing how the ‘stalks’ are arranged in ascending height. Tedious design in minutiae is lost in jewellery design today, especially in small items like rings.
This design is small, under 1cm tall, yet its antiquity has a presence. Likely to date to mid-century or earlier.
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For international customers, please get in touch with us if you can’t find anyone locally to fix it. Send the item back and we will fix it for you. We may or may not charge a service fee for repair work; this depends on how much work there is to be done. We offer this service hardly to make money. We offer this service because of the nature of work that we do. Many pieces of antique jewellery are not serviced properly in modern jewellery stores (unless you have a personal relationship with the store owners). What we do for our local customers, we offer to our international customers. We hope this is our added advantage. We only charge when we upsize rings by two sizes and above. We charge approximately SGD70 (USD50) for upsizing, but may increase this fee by a little depending on the ring size and complexity of the job. Much of period-authentic Chinese jewellery can be collected, and passed on as a set. Two or more pieces will easily exceed SGD10,000. We offer this as we too are always excited when we can acquire jewellery a whole set. And we think you may too. Please us for details. If your order is below SGD1500, we charge SGD50 for this service. You will be able to pay for your order on the spot. Cash or card. We’ve delivered many items to many places, from the back alleys of Geylang to hotels to the airport. We think this is a convenience you ought to enjoy while you’re on this spicy island. DHL Express delivers packages in 2 days. Delivery times are estimated to the best of our knowledge. There may be delays due to busy seasonal periods or customs processing. We may consider exchanges on a case-by-case basis. Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value. We accept order cancellations as long as we haven’t shipped out the order.
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Please us for details.
If your order is below SGD1500, we charge SGD50 for this service.
You will be able to pay for your order on the spot. Cash or card.
DHL Express delivers packages in 2 days.
We may consider exchanges on a case-by-case basis.
We accept order cancellations as long as we haven’t shipped out the order.