A pear shaped ruby surrounded by diamonds is joined by a diamond surrounded by rubies. Silver surrounds the diamonds and yellow gold surrounds the rubies. Above them both sits a crown. (Some diamonds are missing, but after 236 years, we should look as good, right!?)
This ring is heavily symbolic. First, the pear shape is the Georgian Era’s representation of the heart. (See the progression of the Heart Shape here). Two hearts side by side obviously connote two lovers side by side, either in the courting phase or side by side as joined together in life after marriage. I love how the diamond is surrounded by rubies and the rubies, in turn, are surrounded by the diamonds. This can be seen as a joining of opposites, another fitting symbol for marriage or betrothal. The silver and gold, while standard metals for settings of the time period for both diamonds and colored gems, can also be seen the same way- a union of opposites.
The crown at the top of the ring signifies loyalty.
This ring is a union of two people. It’s about Harmonious Opposites, striking a balance of male and female (either in the physical sense or spiritual sense) along with two different personalities combining to form a new whole. All of this is wrapped in a sense of loyalty to one another and their new life together.
By the way, because I’m such a nerd, I thought I’d show you how current this type of ring can be. This is the ring that Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, gave to his first wife, Victoria Lockwood.