Set with a terrific blue chalcedony cabochon surrounded by a halo of twinkling rose-cut diamonds, this beautiful antique ring has a wonderful dreamy quality!
At first glance I thought the oval cab was a moonstone--it has that similar glow, although moonstone's blue sheen is replaced by a beautiful pinky-bronze light in this lovely blue stone. The glow seems to emanate from within.
Set around the greyish-blue chalcedony is a gorgeous halo of 30 glistening rose-cut diamonds, which create another sort of light altogether. Rest assured, the diamonds do not take away from the stone but add to its beauty. The stones are set in a solid platinum mount.
Gem measures 11 mm tall by 9 mm across. Ring is currently size 5&3/4, and it can be re-sized within reason. Weight: a good 3.8 grams. Dates to 1890-1915.
The band is in very good condition, with good width. The hallmarks are very worn and stamped on the outside of the band, which suggests the ring could be French or from some other European country. I can only make out the letter "S" and possibly the number "7" (pls. see photo #7).
Very good condition. I don't see any damage, only light wear. Two diamonds may be replacements.
A gorgeous, hard-to-find piece!