This is a truly eye-catching ring, which has been made by Zoltan White during the Arts and Crafts period. Zoltan White was born in Hungary in the 19th century and trained as a jeweller in Budapest. He later moved to England and operated his company, Zoltan White & Co, from c.1910 to the 1940’s.
His jewellery is styled in the arts & crafts manner but shows a clear influence of his Austro-Hungarian origins and training. Most of his jewellery is executed in the Renaissance revival style that was popular in Europe from around 1880.
This ring impresses right away by its sheer size. The ring face is 4cm long and 2cm wide. In the centre, there is an oval lapis Lazuli of 1.5cm height and 8mm width. Above and beside the central stone there are 6 corals in total, the largest with a diameter of 5mm, the smallest with a diameter of 2mm. In between the stones and around them, as well as on the shoulders, there is decorative silver texturing. The back of the ring is stamped “Made in England” and “Z. W. & Co”, which was Zoltan White’s company. The ring is size Q and is in excellent condition. I purposely have not polished off the oxidation so that you can see the age of the ring. This is not just a ring, it is a statement!