History of Abraham Benjamin
Abraham Benjamin founded his business in 1887 in Melbourne after the dissolution of his previous endeavour with P. Falk and Co.
By 1903 the firm had become A. Benjamin and Son Pty Ltd. They were members of the M.J.A. of Victoria from the time of its inception (1889).
This extraordinary early ring is one of Benjamins finest examples of a mens (unisex now..) ring, featuring a large 1.5cm x 1.2cm Bloodstone.
The Bloodstone has a lovely deep green colour with flecks of red, which is where the name comes from.
Modelled from lush soft hued 15ct rose gold this signet ring makes quite a statement given its impressive size.
Smooth wide shoulders at 1.5cm tapering to a very solid and so comfortable 5.5cm.
Hallmarked superbly with Benjamins iconic ‘Bee’ hallmark, 15 and the ‘hanging fleece’ guarantee mark.
Large and heavy at 8.8 grams
1.5cm x 1.2cm
‘Bee’ for A. Benjamin
15 for 15ct gold
‘Hanging fleece’ M.J.A guarantee mark
V or 20.4mm diameter
Sizeable to a degree
Very good to excellent antique condition. Hallmarks crisp and clear. Bloodstone very good with no obvious wear.
No thinning to gold, lovely thick and lush.
"In 1889 the Melbourne Manufacturer Jewellers Association introduced the ‘guarantee of quantity mark’ system which consisted of three square hallmarks.
The first had the makers punch, the second the caratage of 9ct , 12ct , 15ct or 18ct, and the third a symbol representing the ‘guarantee’ of caratage.
For 9ct - the ‘wheat bundle’, for 12ct - the’ pick and shovel’, for 15ct - the ‘hanging sheep / fleece, and for 18ct - the ’sailing ship’.
The four symbols were derived from the four quadrants of the Advance Australia coat of arms". Please note box is for display Purchase Summary
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