Antique 1910s Victorian rose gold, garnet and pearl trimmed dress ring

A Late Victorian garnet and seed pearl dress ring set in 10K rose gold. The ring is sweetly engraved inside for "Martha A. Gerecke." Curious to know who she was, I went searching and found her in several census records. I learned that she was born Martha Baker in Germany in 1869 and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents as a young girl. She spent the rest of her life in Detroit, marrying, raising a family, and eventually dying in the city in 1938. Martha would have been part of a large population of German immigrants in Detroit around the turn of the century: in 1880, 20% of the population of the city was German-born. 

Martha's ring was likely a gift and a cherished dress ring. The ring has a pretty rose gold mounting typical of the era, with hand-engraved details on the tulip-shaped or "shirt sleeve" shoulders. The ring features a beautiful merlot-colored garnet with a surround of full pearls, eight in all and all original to the ring. Excellent antique condition.

Measurements: Size 9 3/4 US, 3.2 grams
Era: 1890s-1910s
Markings: N/A, tests for 10K gold

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