Moonstone--it's all about that magical glow. and there is nothing like the mystical blue light that an antique moonstone can deliver. So why settle for today's mass produced, milky stones when you can discover what the stir is really all about?
The wondrous light of the moonstone is a genuine treat that many genuine treat. Wildly popular worldwide at the turn of the 20th century, the ancient mysteries of moonstone are well known throughout Europe but just being rediscovered here in the USA. Moonstone is a variety of feldspar named for the early mining site Mt. Adularia in Switzerland. The term was coined to describe the mesmerizing glow likened to that of the moon. "Adularence" is the optical phenomenon of iridescence that creates a floating blue light within this enchanting gem.
Moonstone is the alternative birthstone to pearl for the month of June and is considered a talisman of the inward journey, taking one deep into the self and soul. It is thought to open the heart to nurturing as well as assisting in the acceptance of love. Ancient Romans believed moonstone was born from solidified rays of the moon. Both the Romans and Greeks associated the moonstone with lunar deities. The blue glow is as mystifying today as it was 3,000 years ago.
This elegant ring is circa 1900-1910 and is crafted of 14K yellow gold with a fabulous 15x8x5mm moonstone cabochon at center. This cabochon is a brilliant elongated oval stone with an estimated weight of 4.5 carats. The entire face of the ring measures just under 1" tall (23.5mm) by 13mm, with a rise off the finger of 8mm. The 2.5mm wide ring shank is simply perfect and is its original size, 6.75 US. Estimated carat weight is 4.5 carats. The ring is hallmarked "14K" and weighs 5.3 grams.
The stone is hand cut and polished to perfection. It offers a high quality blue adularence that is best likened to a radiant moonbeam and hard to resist. With excellent clarity and superb cut, the stone possesses internal centipedes which gives off a frosty window effect. While you will be amazed at this stone's blue fluorescent glow in low light, the phenomena is also present in any light. I believe our photos reflect well the quality of this stone's adularence. It can be challenging to capture this blue glow in bright lighting, but this stone reigns supreme. At the time of photographs, we had the privilege to have several moonstone specimens in stock, some from the more modern Sri Lanka and India mines. With this stone's clarity and adularence, we believe this stone is from Burma (modern Myanmar), a mine valued for its high quality stones and long ago depleted.
Coupled with Art Nouveau charm, this ring is a joy to own. This ring will magically light up like a blue beacon for a candlelight dinner. It is quite an unexpected performance that will most definitely be enjoyed by your fan club. As a glowing alternative to pearls, moonstone is the perfect gift and ideal for bridal jewelry. The ring mount's unique design features stair stepped swirls and top with four wide prongs holding the stone as if in mid-air. The smooth golden swirls of the mount's face are a perfect backdrop for presentation of this glowing cabochon. makes for the perfect drop for the glowing cabochon. A moonstone's glow needs no embellishment with diamonds or other accents to catch the eye of one and all.
All is in excellent condition with no damage to the moonstone cabochon or the 14K yellow gold setting. This wondrous consignment piece was purchased by our client from Lang Antiques in San Francisco. It will be delivered in Lang Antique's signature presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage.