The Gypsy ring is also referred to as a flush or burnish setting as it is known for its low-profile embellishment and robust band.
They have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their versatility and effortlessly modern look; even though they have been traced back to the ancient Roman times.
Traditionally they are composed of a substantial shank and are accompanied by deep setting gemstones, which commonly include emeralds, rubies, amethysts, sapphires and garnets.
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The Gypsy ring uses a technique in which gemstones are inlayed into metal rather than set in place with metal around the rim. Often crafted by drilling a hole into the metal, creating free forming claws to hold the stones in place and the gemstones are only visible from the top, while the sides and bottom are nested in the metal. Afterwards, the metal is hammered down, securing the gemstones meaning it is highly unlikely the gemstones will become dislodged or fall out. Due to its low profiling setting, it is recognised as one of the most secure settings, making it the perfect ring for every day wear, it is becoming an increasingly popular choice for an alternative engagement ring.
The origin of this setting was used as far back as ancient Roman civilisations, where certain gemstones were sat flush with signet bands. The name ‘Gypsy’ dates back to the 19th century, during the Victorian era. It was believed that with the refinement of silversmithing materials during this period, the upper-class citizens, who might be at risk of robbery or murder for their luxury jewellery, would set their diamonds and gemstones in wide shanks of gold to mask their true wealth, hiding their jewels from any bandits and gypsy’s who would try to steal them.
Originally, the Gypsy ring was worn by men, as it has a substantial structure comparable to a signet ring. However, during the Victorian period the designs became more feminine and included symbols of crescent moons and stars, which strays away from the dainty and romantic designs which are commonly associated with this period.
They were traditionally worn on the left little finger, to suggest the wearer was not interested in marriage, which was seen as incredibly rebellious at the time. By the end of the Victorian period, they were refined and were often gifted to celebrate friendships by young girls, lovers or husbands.
In recent years the Gypsy ring has reappeared in current trends. The setting provides maximum protection for the embedded gemstones against harsh impacts and daily wear and tear. Since there are no gaps or grooves the ring is easy to maintain and keep clean, making it perfect for everyday wear.