Ring Sizing & Time: Typically we size the ring before we ship. Due to present world conditions please allow two weeks for ring sizing. If you would like the ring to arrive sooner for presentation, select in the finger size selection box, “No Sizing Yet, Ship Right Away”. Our rings are generally between a size 6 and 7, most are a 6.5 to start. After presentation you can give us a call and we will send you a free prepaid return label to send the ring back to us for proper sizing. Read more about ring sizing.
This is our ring echoing the reign of Elizabeth the First. You might call it a formal portrait of the Queen, in gems. The gem tourmaline at the center of course is the Queen. The collar of diamonds is the Elizabethan Ruff, also known as the Tudor Ruff of just Ruff. The development of starch helped ruffs hold their shape. Ruffs were worn by both men and women of the upper class. Ruffs were somewhat uncomfortable, by their very nature though seemed to improve posture but inhibited ease of eating just about anything. Ruffs did clearly delineate the upper from the lower class. The lower class simply couldn’t, wouldn’t, didn’t bother with the fashion of the ruff. They had neither the time to starch, press and prepare, nor the patience to eat soup or Kentucky Fried Chicken while wearing a ruff.
Most ruffs were white but ruffs were also colored during starching. Vegetable dyes were used to give the ruff a yellow, pink or mauve tint. A pale blue color could also be obtained via the use of a dye called smalt, although Elizabeth the First took against the color blue and issued a Royal Prerogative: “Her Majesty’s pleasure is that no blue starch shall be used or worn by any of her Majesty’s subjects, since blue was the color of the flag of Scotland…”
Yes, this ring is formal, but if you are a student of English history it could be the perfect addition to your collection. And regardless of class, it’s a cinch to have soup, a lobster in the shell, or Kentucky Fried Chicken while wearing the good Queen Bess Ring.
Prompt free delivery is offered on all purchases shipped to mailing addresses within the United States.
Purchases under $1,000 are shipped free FedEx (please allow 4 business days for delivery). Upgraded to expedited delivery for $20.
Purchases over $1,000 are shipped free overnight. A signature is required on delivery.
Need a delivery to arrive on a specific day? Ask, we can arrange that. Would it be more convenient to deliver to your business address or directly to the recipient? We can do that too.
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Orders Under $1,000 – Ship Free FedEx to arrive within 4 business days. Upgrade to overnight for $20.
Orders Over $1,000 – Ship Free FedEx Overnight or US Post Office Express. A signature is required on delivery.
Any purchases you make in January or February 2021 we are extending our Cross return date to the first day of spring, March 20, 2021, or 30 days beyond your purchase date, whichever is longer.
Typically we size the ring before we ship. Due to present world conditions please allow two weeks for ring sizing. If you would like the ring to arrive sooner for presentation, select in the finger size selection box, “No Sizing Yet, Ship Right Away”. Our women's rings are generally between a size 6 and 7, most are a 6.5 to start. This is the average size for women. If the finger size you want is not listed as an option please give us a call. If you have time and want to get the fit as close as possible in the beginning you can request our free finger measuring kit. Your free kit will arrive in 3-7 business days.
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