SOLD: Victorian optical illusion ‘magic ring’, hallmarked Birmingham 1898


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I was pleased to buy another great 18-carat gold plaited ring, this one hallmarked for Birmingham 1898.

When slowly twisted there is a very strong optical illusion of the bands appearing to widen then narrow then widen again.

This beauty is generous in proportions and size – it’s an R1/2 or 9 – so would suit a larger hand, though it could be sized up or down a few sizes.

I have two bangles in stock exhibiting the same phenomenon … if you’re interested in seeing more of your eyes deceiving you!

They were marketed as “magic” bangles and rings, appealing to a late Victorian desire for novelty and frivolity.


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold
• Size approximately 9 or R 1/2, but easily resized free of charge
• Top of ring is 9.1mm wide
• Weight is 6.4 grams
• In very good antique condition: there is slight flattening at the sides due to it being worn beside other rings
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: some of the other jewellery is for sale separately (some has sold) – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it

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 within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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