Edwardian 3st ring in the gypsy style, set to the centre with an old cut diamond with a round ruby set either side in star shaped settings. All set in 18ct Yellow Gold. Hallmarked 1917. Size O1/2. 4.40 grams.
The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, UD also known as the Third Battle of Ypres or simply Third Ypres, was one of the major battles of World War I, in which British, Canadian, South African and ANZAC units engaged the Imperial German Army. The battle was fought for control of the village of Passchendaele (Passendale in modern Dutch spelling).
The basic plan of the offensive was to capture the high ground to the south and east of Ypres which dominated the salient. While the British General Staff envisioned a break-through battle that would let them exploit beyond Ypres salient, for all practical purposes was to consist of a series of Bite and Hold attacks to capture critical terrain and attrite the German army.
Despite spells of good weather during the battle lasting long enough to dry out the land, Passchendaele has become synonymous with the misery of fighting in thick mud. Most of the battle took place on reclaimed marshland, swampy even without rain. The heavy preparatory bombardment by the British tore up the surface of the land, and rainy periods from August onwards produced an impassable terrain of deep liquid mud, into which an unknown number of soldiers drowned. Even the newly-developed tanks bogged down. Although famous for its mud, the September fighting was perverse in that it was characterized by heat and dust during an usual bout of dry weather.
An Antique Gypsy Ruby and Old Cut Diamond three stone ring. Diamond 0.19cts Rubies 0.48cts. dated 1917