Georgian Bee Ring
Cool Georgian bee ring dating from the early 19th century, circa 1820. The eyes and body are set with blood-red paste gemstones, the body featuring cute furry texturing to the gold setting, while the head and wings are set with white paste gemstones (in silver). A thick rose gold band splits at the shoulders, crafted in 15ct with a gorgeous silky patina.
Bees have long been a symbol of co-operation and industry, and the ancients saw them as messengers from the gods - associated with the soul and fertility. This ring was made in England, as the Industrial Revolution was in full swing. Manchester was one of the cities at the cutting edge of social, political, and industrial progress, and adopted the bee as its symbol.
The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers was formed in 1844 in Lancashire, just north of Manchester. An early consumers' co-operative, they penned the the Rochdale Principles that form the basis of many co-operative movements around the world to this day. The Principles include: Voluntary and open membership; outright Anti-Discrimination - class, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, caste - the works, basically; Motivations and Rewards in the form of financial incentives, quality of life, altruism; career experience; and a sense of responsibility to your own community; Democratic Member c=Control; and Autonomy and Independence of the co-operative. Can we have more of all this, please?
Era: Georgian, circa 1820
Ring size: L 1/2 or 6 US. Resizable for £35.
Head size: 1.3cm by 1.1cm
Stones: Paste gemstones
Marks: None, tested as 15ct gold and silver
Condition: Good antique condition. Some wear to the stones consistent with age - see images. Fine antique patina.
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