This antique piece was handcrafted sometime during the Victorian design period (1840-1900). The setting is crafted from 18K gold and sterling silver. Why was sterling silver used in some antique jewelry? We often see sterling silver used in Georgian and Victorian pieces in the way white gold would be used in more modern jewelry design; to contrast gold and accentuate diamond scintillation. White gold was not invented for practical use until the very late Victorian period and platinum was not made mailable enough for jewelry design until around the same time. White gold and platinum were not in large distribution until the early 20th century. So if a Georgian or Victorian jewelry designer wanted a white metal to craft with they turned to sterling silver. Sterling silver actually faces whiter than platinum or white gold before it inevitably tarnishes from oxidation. This Victorian ring features three rubies set north to south and 16 very dark and tiny old cut diamonds. This antique piece is currently a size 8 & 1/2.