This classic U.S. Navy ring is something of an oddity—it was custom-made in France! The ring is an older style with shoulders depicing an American eagle surmounting a stars and stripes shield over the letters “USN”. The crown is set with an oval cabochon of almandine garnet surrounded by the words “United States Navy,” the words separated by stars. The garnet has an intense deep red color that contrasts handsomely with the gold. The design elements of the ring suggest an early 20th century period. The shank is stamped with French 18K gold marks and also with an unidentified French goldsmith’s mark. The ring is hand-engraved, so was likely a custom order by an American gentleman from a Parisian jeweler.
- Origin: France, ca. 1925.
- Condition: excellent; light wear consistent with age, but the design is clear.
- Dimensions: 5/8” wide at crown, tapering to 1/8” at the shank.
- Finger Size: 11-1/4.
- Weight: 10.6 grams.
- Approximate Total Garnet Weight: 1.65 carats.