An antique Art Deco turquoise ring expertly crafted in 14K white gold. Truly antique, circa 1920s and in exceptional condition. A real beauty with an interesting history via its company’s namesake, Ostby and Barton. A company at the time, garnering a reputation as “the foremost House among the jewelry makers of this country”. Regrettably, Ostby perished aboard the Titanic in 1912. Rumor being that he brought a very valuable bag of gems from his European travels on board that was never seen again. Ostby and Barton jewelry is truly a piece of American history.
The Antique Art Deco Ring
Stamped Ostby Barton by one of the finest and largest gold ring manufacturers in the United States. Back in the day, crafting their jewelry primarily of 10K gold. However, this ring boasts 14K white gold. Therefore, making it a rarer find. Masterful carving producing exceptional detailing encompasses the entire ring. In such excellent condition, making a wonderful addition to anyone’s Ostby collection.
Featuring a beautiful bezel set, flawless piece of oval Persian turquoise. Persian turquoise was favored in this era for its fine, smooth grain and impeccable pure turquoise color. You’ll be donning exactly that when wearing this gorgeous piece of history. Turquoise is December’s birthstone.
- Both Tibetan shamen and Native Americans hold this stone in high regard. First, as a stone of spiritual goodness, and, also as a protective talisman.
- Turquoise heals the spirit. Consequently, providing soothing energy and bringing peace of mind.
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The Story of Ostby and Barton Co.
Ostby and Barton Co. was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1879 by Engelhart Cornelius Ostby and Nathan B. Barton. Ostby received training as a jeweler at the Royal School of Art in Norway. Amazingly, establishing their company with only $3,000, and soon known as “the largest ring manufacturers in the world”.
Ostby & Barton Co.’s story takes a tragic twist in 1912 when Ostby and his daughter Helene decide to take the Titanic home from their European business trip. However, on that disastrous night, Ostby and Helene are atop the frosty deck when he races back to his room to get warmer clothing for them. Unfortunately, in the moments he’s gone Helene is put aboard a lifeboat. Never to see her father again. At the age of 64, Ostby perishes with 1500 other passengers.
Helene returns to Providence, RI alone. She becomes joint owners of the company with her brother and his daughter. And, despite the tragedy of 1912, under the direction of Helene and her brother, Ostby & Barton goes on to garner a reputation as “the foremost House among the jewelry makers of this country”. Plus, the company continues to produce jewelry into the 1950s. Helene passed at the age of 88 in 1978, lying in state close to her cherished father.
Understandably, Ostby & Barton jewelry is sought after by fine antique jewelry collectors. It’s appreciated for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship. In addition, collectors appreciate the historical connection to the Titanic. Ostby & Barton jewelry has stood the test of time. Their quality shines on today, even in the pieces like this one that are 100 years old and more.
An antique Art Deco turquoise ring of this excellent quality rarely comes around.