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Historical Art Deco Wedding Band 9-30-1929

Historical Art Deco Wedding Band 9-30-1929

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Small but mighty, this band is only a size 4.75 but has a lovely and sturdy fit and feel! Engraved on the inside with a personal inscription and on the outside with a well-worn orange blossom pattern, this ring is steeped in history.

While the tradition of gifting orange blossoms for a wedding reaches back to Greek and Roman mythology, naturally it was Queen Victoria who reignited the craze when she wore a wreath of orange blossoms in her wedding to Prince Albert. The flower has been said to represent fertility for its association with bearing fruit, purity for its white blossoms, and eternal love for its source on an evergreen tree. As such it was a well-loved motif for engraved and die-struck wedding bands, particularly in the Art Deco period, and continues to be used today to give modern jewelry a vintage feel.

The inside of the band tells a story as well - the ring is signed with the trade name Arbutus, for jewellery manufacturer Byard Brogan, who established his firm in Philadelphia in 1908. Hand engraved are the initial WJL to REE and the date 9-30-1929 - a Monday wedding just under a month before the stock market crash of 1929 that kicked off the great depression.

• 18k white gold, signed for Philadelphia-based Arbutus, a trade name for Byard F. Brogan, founded in 1908
• Size 4.75, with evidence of past sizing but we don't recommend sizing again
• Inside engraved, "WJL to REE 9-30-1929"
• 2.4mm wide and 1.6mm thick
• 2.6g
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