Every piece of antique jewelry tells a story, and occasionally is its own tiny mystery. Most pieces are straightforward; some tell a more complex tale that crosses countries, cultures and time. An 18th century Portuguese design in silver set with a large yellow transparent, or single color, facetted chrysoberyl, surrounded by a ring of small paste stones, and a larger ring of facetted rock crystals in a closed back setting. The principle decoration was later re-set in France in the early 19th century, with an 18k gold band terminating in bifurcated shoulders and leaf decoration. It sits very comfortably on the finger.
Chrysoberyl is a rare stone that was frequently used in 18th century Portuguese jewelry. Mined in Brazil and imported into Europe, the color ranges from faint yellows to deeper greenish-yellow hues. The most commonly known types of chrysoberyl are cat’s eye, and the rare Alexandrite.
Dimensions: Size 8 1/4 US; the principle decoration measures 2cm or ¾”, the chrysoberyl measures 7.5mm in diameter
Gross weight 7 grams
Hallmarks: French maker’s mark and hallmark for items of gold and silver made after 1829
Condition: very, very good condition overall, the rock crystal stones have very small chips and abrasions visible under a loupe.