Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday's Treasures

Back on August 32st, Janice did her Tuesday Treasure on a brooch, dug up by her Dad. It reminded me of this ring.
About 74 years ago, my Dad , as a 5 year old, found this ring in the dirt at his home in Newmarket, Brisbane. It didn't belong to his mother or the aunts who lived either side. They had all built their homes about 1920 on what was then a new estate.
He was allowed to keep it. It was one of his boyhood treasures, and he gave it to me in my early 20s. It's not gold, probably brass, as it can make my finger green. It does polish up very nicely and I should have done that for this photo. On the band inside the ring is 'M 08' or at least that's what it looks like.
I assume the stone is glass, but secretly hope it is a ruby or garnet. Dad and I have thought is might be a jeweller's sample, made to showcase a design. It was worn at some time as it does have slight wear marks or maybe that was caused by sitting in dirt for an unknown number of years.
I have always been too embarrassed to take it to a jeweller. So if anyone out there can shed any light on it, I would be interested to hear from you.
Have a look at the other treasures on show this week at Clare's Craftroom.
Take care everyone,
Kayly

9 comments:

BubzRugz said...

What an amazing find..... I think it is pretty too..... like the setting, simple and stylish.... wouldn't it be wonderful if we could turn back time and learn it's story?
Hugz

Melody said...

This is a fabulous treasure. Hopefully someone will be able to tell you more.

Robyn G. said...

Oh Kayly, no matter how much it's worth in $$, it's a real treasure!!
Fantastic!

clare's craftroom said...

What a great story and it really is a pretty ring . Thanks for showing us and playing along .

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I agree this is a treasure....I would take it to the Jewellers just to see what they say...

Janice said...

Wow! More buried treasure. Who cares what it is worth, it is just a lovely thing to have. I love the story behind it. You could play great games imagining the origin of your ring.

fairchildstreet said...

A beautiful treasure with a great story. It would be great to go back in time to see who owned it and previous life it had. Charmaine

Aunty said...

what a beautiful. I would certainly take it to a jeweller or an antique dealer to find out more about it.

Maria said...

What a lovely story. I also grew up in Newmarket but not quite as long ago, (58yrs ago or so) and in our backyard we would often find old horseshoes and early 20th century pennies and halfpennies.