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Silver & Amethyst Arts & Crafts Ring Attributed to Bernard Instone

217R
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A lovely silver and amethyst ring that were made circa 1940 by Bernard Instone. Instone was born in 1891 in Birmingham and died in 1987. In 1903 at the age of 12 he received a scholarship to attend the Central School of Art. He studied jewellery and practical silversmithing at the Birmingham School of Jewellery in Vittoria Street from 1904 until 1912 where he excelled. While at the school he studied under the famous Arts and Crafts jeweller Arthur Gaskin. After leaving Art School Instone began working at the studio of John Paul Cooper. He was then selected by Emil Lettre, the Berlin Court goldsmith to go to Berlin to further his training in the workshops at Unter-den-Linden. During his time there he produced a beautiful amethyst brooch for the King of Bavaria. In 1920 he set up his own business called Langstone Silverworks in Birmingham. He produced a large amount of jewellery with nature providing much of his jewellery design inspiration. His pieces were often characterised by leaves, flowers, different coloured enamels, and semi precious stones. While creating his own jewellery, he also designed for other jewellers including Sibyl Dunlop. In 1937, he became president of the Birmingham Jewellers’ Association. Today the work of Bernard Instone is much sought after among collectors, due to the high quality workmanship, detail, and beauty of his jewellery. This ring is no exception

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Condition

Very Good

Provenance

English

Materials

Silver Amethyst

Measurements

Amethyst 1.4cm by 1cm
Approx 4 carats

Item Number

217R

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