Dating to c.1885-1895, this magnificent five-stone unheated sapphire and high-karat gold ring comes just in time to make her Valentine's Day dreams come true!
Measuring 8 mm at the widest point, this exquisite ring is a classically-wearable jewel, and represents a fine investment opportunity for the savvy collector! This Victorian stunner is set with five natural, unheated cushion-cut Ceylon sapphires in a buttery mounting of 18k yellow gold! The largest of the sapphires measures 7.1 mm x 5.9 mm x 5.1 mm and weighs a calculated 1.71 carats on its own! The two next-largest sapphires measure 6.1 mm 5 mm x 4.4 mm and 5.8 mm x 4.9 mm x 3.8 mm, and weigh a calculated 1.10 and .90 carats respectively.
The smallest end stones measure 4.2 mm x 4.1 mm x 3.2 mm and 4.8 mm x 4.1 mm x 2.9 mm for a calculated weight of 43 points and 45 points. That adds up to a total of 4.59 carats, but these gems were measured within their setting, so the total carat weight is likely closer to 4.75 carats of rich, natural blue sapphires! These gemstones pre-date modern heat treatment by a good 65 years, so the shades of these stones come straight from Mother Nature! One can see the natural "silk" and color zoning of these untreated gems under 10x magnification; these characteristics typically vanish under heat treatment!
The sapphires are very well-matched for color, and WHAT color; they display the velvety, "sleepy" shade which sapphire lovers covet! When I first acquired this ring, I thought that the center stone might be a replacement, as it is slightly less-saturated than it's neighbors, but it's antique cut and light facet wear are identical to the others. One must remember that this ring would have been viewed under the low light of gas-lit Victorian ballrooms and parlors, so an identical match would not have been as valued as it is in modern jewelry. To me, this only adds to its romance, and this important jewel shimmers and dances as beautifully today as when it graced the hand of a lady of wealth and fashion in the 1890s!
All of the stones are securely claw- and gallery-set in a classic mounting of 18k yellow gold (marked "18CT" with maker's mark "B.H."; tested). The shoulders of the ring boast a chevron motif, tapering back to a plain polished shank. This ring has made it through 130+ years in overall excellent condition. The only sign of wear is a chip to one of the crown facets of the largest stone; this is invisible when the ring is worn, but I have set my price with this bit of wear in mind. The other four sapphires are 100% intact; you could easily replace the center stone with a diamond or other gem, but I think it would be a shame; this ring is all-original, and has never even suffered re-sizing!
This highly-wearable beauty is a size 7 1/2, but the plainness of the rear of the shank would allow for easy re-sizing by a good bench jeweler for little cost. Simply a fabulous and romantic example of English Victorian lapidary work, this ring is suitable for everyday wear, and weighs in at a substantial 5.35 grams. The sapphires shoot out blue fire with every turn of the hand! SO GORGEOUS!
If you love the finest in Victorian jewelry, this ring belongs on your hand and in your collection! It is truly heirloom-worthy, and is certain to become a staple of your jewelry wardrobe! It would also make the holiday gift of a lifetime for that special sapphire-loving lady, and will be shipped in a gift box. Most fine antique jewelry dealers would charge $7000+ for this ring (even with the small chip), but I got a good deal, so why shouldn't you? Do not miss this exquisite ring; it is the last antique five-stone unheated sapphire ring I have in stock, up to 4-month layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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