We love cigar band rings!
Not only are they easy to wear and great for stacking but they also exude a timeless elegance that is both chic and modern. Best of all, since each band was handmade, no two are exactly alike! They also make a wonderful, one-of-a-kind wedding band.
This spectacular piece is a little more unusual and intriguing than other cigar band rings we have come across because this particular ring is made of pinchbeck.
Invented in the early 18th century, pinchbeck is made using a secret blend of zinc and copper. The end result is a brass alloy that looks and wears like real gold! This new imitation gold was wildly popular in the Georgian era and allowed people to purchase gold-effect jewelry on a budget (since gold was only sold in 18-karat quality at the time).
Once low-carat gold was legalized in 1854, pinchbeck fell out of use. However, there are a few later 19th century examples of pinchbeck jewelry -- such as this fabulous ring -- but not many.
This beautifully crafted ring has a slightly rosy hue. It has a repoussé geometric and floral pattern surrounded by the tiniest hand-chased dotted background, which gives the ring both dimension and texture. The craftsmanship is so superb that no one will ever know it's not real gold!
Condition: Very Good
Faint surface scratches consistent with age and use.
Cleaning and Care
Clean gently with warm soap and water and a soft bristled brush. Lightly polish with a jewelry polishing cloth, if needed.