This very beautiful necklace is made of two very rare components: carved melon ruby beads & angel-skin coral. The carved rubies are natural earth-mined from Africa, carved in India, & weigh about 330 carats. These red rubies have been "treated" by heat color enhancements (dyed!), fracture filled for enhancement, & clarity enhanced. The cost of unheated, untreated rubies is prohibitive ($200.00 per carat - $5,000.00 per carat).. This type of treatment is new to the 1990's. Most gemstones are "treated" now-a-days, even diamonds. All Rubies have gone up in price at least three times in past 6 months. It is due to fact of embargo & closing of mines in Myanmar (Burma). These rubies might be grade-B (the lowest) but they would still cost $10.00 per carat - $25.00 per carat in a jewelry store, which would be at least $3,300.00. for just rubies. The angel-skin coral large beads are 13-14 mm. This size is scarce & VERY valuable. The angel-skin coral beads weigh (including small ones) about 108 grams (540 carats). The 33 enormous angel-skin beads are Italian Mediterranean in origin and would date to 1960's - 1970's. The 33 beads that measure the 13-14 mm weigh about 100 grams by themselves. Some indexes list angel-skin coral at $200.00-$300.00 per gram. It is beginning to look at coral as an "investment"!The angel-skin coral is a solid white color with tinges of the pink angel-skin blushes. It looks just amazing with the ruby beads. Either the rubies or coral are worth cost of entire necklace. It is beautiful & very valuable. This incredible necklace looks & feels so good around your neck. It makes a "Statement" in its simplicity. Once again the beads speak for themselves! Haute-4-not-a-lot! Hot-4-not-a-lot!
Length 22/ 23 inches