While the Royal Albert brand was created in 1904, its roots are to be found in the Albert Works, built in 1896. The Albert Works commemorated the birth of Prince Albert in 1895, who was named in memory of his great-grandfather, the most famous of Victorian Alberts.
The world's best-selling dinnerware collection, Old Country Roses is a long-standing testament to timeless style and craftmanship. The original design was imagined by Harold Holdcroft and based on an older Royal Albert Pattern called King's Ransom. Harold was inspired by a quintessentially English country garden in full bloom in the magical haze of summertime. In true Royal Albert style, the collection is crafted in the finest bone china.
This ring features the famous maker's mark of the Old Country Roses design, c1980s.
The silver in this ring is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
This round ring is 20mm across and 5mm deep.
The ring is fully adjustable to fit all sizes.
Royal Albert ‘Old Country Roses’ vintage china ring
The vintage china I use in my jewellery pieces is all recycled from pieces found at garage sales and op. shops, or through vintage dealers, who are happy to pass on some of their less-than-perfect items. I carefully cut out the selected section of china, shape it by hand, then grind the edges nice and smooth. I securely fix the piece into the sterling silver blank, then grout it so it stays firmly in place.
As with all artisan jewellery, some care needs to be taken to keep your piece in as-new condition.
The vintage china in your piece may well be up to a hundred years old, and needs to be treated accordingly. It is not recommended that you swim or shower whilst wearing your jewellery, nor that you wear it gardening or playing sport or any other activity where the item may get badly knocked. China is breakable, after all.
The sterling silver ring is easily adjustable, but care must be taken not to bend the ring band too quickly or too sharply. As with all metals, if they are worked roughly they may break.
The sterling silver bezel will enjoy a regular simple polish with a quality silvercloth. If you do use silver polish, do not get it on the china or the grout. Do not use strong chemicals on your jewellery.