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Victorian 18 Carat Gold Hare Head Ring With Ruby Eyes

Converted from a stickpin, this lovely hare has a beautiful gold 'bloom'
In the 1850's it was discovered that submerging alloyed gold jewelry into a boiling mixture of hydrochloric acid, potassium nitrate, water and salt resulted in the surface dissolution of the alloyed metals, revealing a thin layer of soft pure gold. The acid bath not only dissolved the traces of silver, copper, nickel and zinc on the surface, but left behind microscopic pitting that created a lovely matte sheen on the gold.

The process came to be called colouring, and the resulting finish to be called a bloom. It was a very popular way to finish jewelry in England and America, particularly in the 1870s to 1890s. 

The bloom allowed even a 14k piece to glow like it was made of pure 24k gold.

Ring size - 6 but can be sized



Victorian 18 Carat Gold Hare Head Ring With Ruby Eyes

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