Rhoda Wager was one of Australia’s most prolific and influential jewellers of the Arts and Crafts movement and resulted in producing some stunning designs using both gold and silver and various gemstones.
Rhoda Wager was born in England in 1875 and moved to Australia and set up her own jewellery workshop producing pieces of jewellery in the form of rings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches between 1921 to 1946 and here we have a fabulous ring that can easily be attributed to her.
Set with a stunning carnelian in the centre that really has a wonderful strong colour, the ring is not just made in gold but also in sterling silver giving this ring a wonderful combination of colours and is so typical of the Art s and Crafts jewellery of this time as well as her work.
To highlight the setting, the ring is then set with 6 marcasites on each side which have a fantastic steely grey colour to them.
Instead of the marcasites being simply set on each side, they are set in that wonderful 3 pronged setting then further down the band.
The ring measures 15mm from top to bottom by 16.5mm from where the 3 prongs on each side start and this ring sits so well and proudly on the finger.
Rhoda Wager created some marvelous pieces of jewellery in her time, and to still be able to purchase and wear a piece attributed to her is just wonderful and a true part of Australia’s history in jewellery manufacturing.