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Harem Ring

Gemstone Harem Ring

Ethereal Victorian ring of five rose gold bands each dotted with a pattern of gemstones set in gold-crimped bezel settings with open backs to maximize their luminescence. The top and bottom bands feature a central demantoid garnet, flanked by two pairs of claw-set diamonds in silver and two gold bezel-set rubies. The second and fourth bands juxtapose three pairs of diamonds with violet-hued sapphires. Three creamy pearls and two pairs of diamonds form the central band.

Although they appear to be separate, the articulating bands are actually connected by a gold retainer, enabling the rings to move individually and stack as a cohesive unit. The effect is one of wearing a lovely tiara on your finger.

The term “harem ring” is an example of Victorian England’s fascination with the iconography of the Islamic world initially spurred by the French conquest of Algiers in 1830 and later fueled by the English translation of A Thousand and One Nights by Edward William Lane in 1838. “Harem” derives from the Turkish haram: “forbidden place; sacrosanct, sanctum,” related to حريم ḥarīm, “a sacred inviolable place; female members of the family.” Our translation: Girl Power.


Era: Victorian
Circa: 1860
Origin: England
Condition: Excellent
Materials: 15k gold, silver, pearls, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and demantoid garnet
Dimensions: Ring size 5 US, 19 mm long (across the stones)
Weight: 5.1 grams

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