Antique Australian 15ct Rose Gold Garnet Doublet And Diamond Ring By William Drummond Circa 1905
History of William Drummond
Brush & MacDonnell Company was initially founded in 1872 in a partnership of Samuel Brush and William Drummond in Collins Street. However, Samuel Brush died in 1878 and the firm was renamed Drummond & Co. William moved the company to Bourke Street where it had been renowned for style and quality since inception as Drummond later died in 1917.
Arguably one of the premier jewellery of Melbourne at the close of the Victorian era and well into the 20th century.
History of Garnet Topped Doublets
A Garnet and glass doublet uses a top portion of natural garnet fused to any colour of glass to imitate a gem. The colour of glass used in the doublet is all that is seen, as the garnet provides no colour. If seen in reflected light, a separation line may be seen. A harder garnet makes the stones more durable.
Garnet and glass doublets were first used around 1850 when it was noted that molten glass would adhere to garnet. It was a popular imitation for all types of gems in many colours because the colour of the glass became the only colour that could be seen. They were still being produced into the early 1900s until actual synthetic gems were introduced.
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