This is a beautiful vintage ring, probably made in Southeast asia, of Erawan the 3 headed elephant. He is a deity also known as Airavata, who carries the Hindu god Indra. Erawan once stood proudly upon the old Laotian flag, and statues of him can be found in Thailand. This particular rendition is very similar to the imagery used on the old Lao flag. It’s a size 9, and weighs 0.15 troy ounces.
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GLOSSARY OF TERMS:
Plated Silver: silver electroplate a process used from the mid-1800’s to the present day
Old Sheffield Plate: annealed silver on copper usually made before 1838.
Solid Silver: a uniform alloy of silver NOT PLATED, in my descriptions it means silver of .750 or better.
Coin Silver: a uniform alloy of silver, usually made in the USA before 1865, the standard means the same as coins, .900 fine, but in practice coin silver can very up or down considerably from this standard.
Sterling Silver: a uniform alloy of silver technically it is supposed to be .925 fine, sometimes other countries use the term for .925 or above.
French 1st standard. France made silver after 1838 in two standards: first standard is .950 fine, 2nd standard is .800 fine.
12 or 13 loth: these standards were used in Germany and Eastern European countries and are 12/16 = .750 fine and 13/16 = .813 fine respectively.
Russian 84: Russia and some Eastern European countries used a standard of 84/96 - .875 fine.
Other countries use other standards, I have dozens of books on marks, so please take my word for it.
Gold plated: electroplated gold, made after mid – 1800’s
Gold filled: more gold than plated, but still not solid gold however it does have scrap value
Sheet gold: Items made, usually before 1850, that are a sheet of gold, but may be loaded with lead or some other metal or even wax. Not solid gold, but it does have scrap value and usually has more gold that gold filled.
Tested Gold: I use 4 grades of acid to test gold 10k, 14k, 18k, 22k Gold comes in all sorts of alloys, so if it is 15k , all I can attest to is that it is more than 14k.
Tested Silver: I use silver acid, very hard to come by, your local jeweler doesn’t have it, I even had to lend some to a major smelter. Testing with silver acid is more of an art than a science, I can tell if an item is sterling or plated, but cannot tell the difference between coin .900 fine and Sterling .950. So when I say something tests Coin Silver I really mean it is solid silver, probably around .900 fine because that was the common standard at the time.
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