Royal Doulton - Franklin Mint - Marty Noble
For five decades The Franklin Mint has produced and mass-marketed "collectibles.” Its product line began with manufacturing and marketing privately-minted gold and silver commemorative coins and medallions. Besides coins, other offerings included plates, in particular, the very popular Royal Doulton decorative plates.
Marty Noble is an American artist and illustrator. A series of her original artworks was used to create the limited edition Royal Doulton, Flower Maiden plates. This exquisite series of twelve designs features beautiful women in oriental settings, each surrounded by a bounty of flowers. The plates are richly detailed bone china, with gold trim throughout the design. The border of each plate is uniquely trimmed in the flower that bears the maiden's name.
The piece for this ring is from the gorgeous 'Princess of the Iris' design.
The silver in this ring is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
The ring is 30mm x 15mm across and 5mm deep.
The ring is fully adjustable to fit all sizes.
Royal Doulton, 'Princess of the Iris' china and sterling silver rectangle 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.