This antique cluster ring is stunning, in perfect condition, but it’s a tiny size. Hallmarked 1856, Dublin, Ireland. It comes with a period box.
The white flower with six petals and a red heart looks like an Anemone.
Typical for this flower is that its petals close up when a rainstorm approaches, so the common name windflower is well-chosen. Anemone means “the wind’s daughter”. The Anemoi were the Greek gods of the four winds. The suffix -one, indicates a female offspring or daughter.
The meaning of the flower is also tied to the story of Adonis and Aphrodite. The Goddess of love wept over the grave of Adonis, and these tears for her fallen love grew into Anemone flowers. The Victorians took a slightly different slant on the loss embodied by the flower and used it to represent a forsaken love of any kind in their intricate Language of the Flowers.