I am back from my UK buying trip, and have brought back a treasury of early, investment-quality jewels for the consideration of my holiday-shopping Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to c.1820-1830, this Siberian amethyst ring is a late-Georgian treasure, and one of the finest gemstone rings of this date that I have discovered in a very long time! Measuring 1 1/8" across the bezel x 3/8" at it's widest point, this masterfully-wrought ring is packed with Siberian amethysts in a hefty, superbly-designed 22k gold setting (gold unmarked but tested)!
This ring boasts five luscious Siberian amethysts set in crimp-topped, closed-backed collets of 22k gold! The center gem of this five-stone beauty measures 7 mm x 4.7 mm and weighs a calculated 1.1 carats. The two stones next to it measure 6 mm x 4 mm and weigh a calculated .75 points each. the two smallest round end stones measure 3.8 mm in diameter, and weigh approx. 20 points each. That adds up to three carats of luscious, Siberian amethysts!
As many collectors know, Siberian amethysts are coveted for their depth of color and the flashes of magenta these gems display under almost any light! The finest of these amethysts were mined out by 1900; they are the richest shade of deepest violet, a color which comes straight from Mother Nature! In this case, the five amethysts are perfectly hand-cut and hand-faceted. They are mounted in a superbly-wrought, high-karat gold setting which indicates that this ring was made by a master lapidary!
The edges of each collet boast the applied bead work so popular in gemstone rings dating to the 1820s. The shoulders are perfectly sculpted, with tiny beads of gold set upon forked shoulders deeply chased and engraved with an acanthus leaf motif. The back of the double shank carries the deep foliate engraving all the way around; one very rarely sees such attention paid to the back of a ring shank, but the use of 22k gold and the sublime workmanship point to a ring which was anything but ordinary!
Best of all, this ring has made it into the 21st century in fresh-as-a-daisy condition, with NO damage, repairs or replacements to either the gemstones or the setting! This ring has not been cleaned, and boasts a magnificent "bloom" to the gold. This ring is a size 6, and I do not advise having re-sized except by laser, as to do so will interrupt the engraving to the rear of the shank. Needless to say, this ring looks just as beautiful today as when it first adorned the hand of a lady of wealth and fashion in the 1820s, and is heirloom-quality! It weighs in at 3.62 grams.
If you collect the ULTIMATE in fine Georgian-era jewelry, this jewel belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a stellar holiday gift for any lady fond of the finest Siberian amethysts, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this splendid, investment-worthy ring; up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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