Lovely Blue and White Natural Zircon Ring. 10k Gold Yellow and White.
Marked 10kt inside the shank
These are untreated almost antique (80+ years) natural zircons, guaranteed. This old rose cut stone has a bit of age appropriate wear as seen in the very close up shots.
The large natural aqua blue zircon is full of life and color it is approximately 7 mm round and sits a bit high of the setting - creating the look of a flower. The stone is estimated to be almost 2 carats. It is surrounded by small old single cut natural white zircons of about 2mm. The stones are all set in white gold. The band is yellow gold and has been sized at one time.
9.25 on my ring sizer
Large size - looks great on the middle finger!
A very special piece.
Here is a short history of the Zircon from the GIA:
'Colorless zircon is known for its brilliance and flashes of multicolored light, called fire. These zircon properties are close enough to the properties of diamond to account for centuries of confusion between the two gems.
Zircon occurs in an array of colors. Its varied palette of yellow, green, red, reddish brown, and blue hues makes it a favorite among collectors as well as informed consumers.
Most people have heard of zircon but never seen it. This is mostly because of colorless zircon’s wide use as a diamond simulant in the early 1900s. It was long ago replaced in that role by more convincing look-alikes, but its name still means “imitation” to many people. That’s unfortunate because zircon is a beautiful colored stone with its own fair share of folklore and charm.
In the Middle Ages, this gem was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote riches, honor, and wisdom.
Many scholars think the stone’s name comes from the Arabic word zarkun, meaning “cinnabar” or “vermilion.” Others believe the source is the Persian word zargun, or “gold colored.” Considering zircon’s color range, either derivation seems possible.
Blue zircon was a particular favorite in Victorian times, when fine gems were often featured in English estate jewelry dating from the 1880s. Gemologist George Kunz—Tiffany’s famed gem buyer—was a notable zircon advocate. He once proposed the name “starlite” to promote the gem’s fiery nature. The name never caught on.'
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