with its colour green of almost every hue in arresting layers and patterns, so named after Connemara in County Galway where it is found as one of the rarest forms of marble in the world. Oscar Wilde deemed Connemara as a savage beauty, but this would also be an apt description for this particular ring set in fine gold.
Bernard Instone was born in 1891 at "Neston Villa" in Kings Norton, Birmingham. In 1903 at the age of 12 he received a scholarship to attend the Central School of Art. His talent shone through and he received two further scholarships to continue his training. He studied jewellery and practical silversmithing at the Birmingham School of Jewellery in Vittoria Street from 1904 until 1912 where he excelled. While at the school he studied under the famous Arts and Crafts jeweller Arthur Gaskin.