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Gump’s Coral ring

Ring: 14 kt yellow gold solitaire coral ball, featuring a ball of natural color Pacific coral, supported in a 4 prong setting. Attached to bold bright finished shoulders and shank.

Signed GUMPS

Circa: 1970’s

Coral (Pacific):

Measurements: 13.56 mm

Color: Orange (natural)

Hue: slight pinkish

Shade: medium

Gump’s-A San Francisco Institution;

S & G Gump was founded as a mirror and frame shop in 1861 by Solomon Gump and his brother, Gustav. They would later sell moldings, gilded cornices and European artwork to those recently made wealthy from the California Gold Rush.

The business flourished, eventually passed the first of Solomon’s sons Alfred Livingston Gump. In the 1906 fires that followed Earthquake the store and all of the merchandise was destroyed, but thanks to Dodie Valencia, Alfred received $17,000 for one of his paintings, which allowed funding for the rebuilding and restocking of the store. Alfred fueled by his passion for Oriental art began selling his exotic collectibles from the Far East. He sent buyers from the company to Japan and China, bringing back exotic rugs, porcelains, silks, bronzes and jades to California’s new millionaires.

Richard Gump, one of Alfred’s three children, became president of Gump’s after his father’s death in 1947. Continuing the family legacy, Richard ran the company’s overall operations until his retirement in 1975. Gump’s continues its tradition of offering a range of goods from around the world at its Post Street location.

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