By Danielle Olivia Tefft, jewelry writer
Author's Note: Hello everyone who is looking for info on old Uncas rings (and rings only)! If you email me at: email@example.com a photo and as much info as you know about your ring, including any markings, I will try to give you some insight. No promises! I can no longer answer such questions through this blog post.
This is a very lovely and feminine vintage Edwardian style sterling ring, circa 1920. It has a delicate filigree gallery. The large cobalt blue faceted glass stone catches the light wonderfully. The glass stone is in good condition except for some surface scratches and dings due to age. It was made by the Uncas Mfg. Co.
The Uncas Mfg. Co. was founded in Rhode Island in 1911. The company is still in business today, over 100 years later! It has survived by staying on top of crucial market trends. One of these is the manufacture of licensed jewelry for famous brands like Disney and Universal Studios. Corporate headquarters are still located in Rhode Island although it is now a global operation.
This ring is signed inside the band, “sterling,” and “U” with inward facing arrows on either side of the U. This is the original mark of the Uncas Mfg. Co. This mark was used from 1918 to 1988. A mark with a single left facing arrow dissecting the "U" in half horizontally was also used from the 20s on. Uncas also manufactured specialty rings under other names. For example, the company made children's rings with the mark "Kiddiegem." In the 1950s, the company also began using "Uncas" as a mark.
There are many vintage Uncas ring collectors. Luckily, Uncas made many rings in a vast array of styles over the years. They still turn up at antique shops, flea markets and yard sales. Expect to pay anywhere from $20 to $200 for a marked vintage Uncas ring in good condition.
Hello everyone who is looking for info on old Uncas rings! If you email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org a photo and as much info as you know about your ring, including any markings, I will try to give you some insight. No promises! I can no longer answer such questions through this blog post.
Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her fiancé. Would you like to hire her to write for you? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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