SOLD: Edwardian gold optical illusion ‘magic’ ring, hallmarked Birmingham 1904


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Yes, your eyes are deceiving you!

I am always intrigued by antique English “magic” rings and bangles.

There is no real change in the width of their herringbone patterns yet, when moving, these create an optical illusion.

You could own one of these and never realise that the pattern is not a simple woven plait. Is there one in your jewellery collection?

There are wonderful late Georgian rings as well which use this intriguing motif, but they are even rarer than than these turn-of-the-century examples.

This is a particularly good 18-carat one from 1904. The illusion is strong, and the ring is a generous size and weight.

The condition is great too, and the hallmark remains crisp.


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold
• Size approximately 7 3/4 or P, but can be resized a few sizes up or down free of charge
• Top of ring is 9.2mm (1/3 inch) wide
• Weight is 7.4 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (the antique boxes are not for sale)

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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