Vintage Ruby Harem Ring 14K Yellow Gold Size 6
Offering a beautiful vintage, yellow gold and ruby harem or princess ring. Five 14K gold bands feature nine good quality rubies that are well matched and have a beautiful dark pink to purple color. This is a multi band ring where the bands separate but are connected and will not come apart. The rubies are prong set by hand which is an indication of higher quality design.
MATERIAL 14K yellow gold
GEMSTONE Nine rubies
SIZE Ring fits like a size 6 due to the width of the bands although it sits on the mandrel at 6.5. It measures 11 mm wide at its widest section and tapers to 7 mm. The rubies measure approximately 3.5 mm diameter. The ring weighs 4.7 grams.
MARKS Hallmarked 14K and tests as such with jeweler’s acid and a test stone.
AGE circa 1960s
SYMBOLISM or HISTORY Ruby is the birthstone for July. It stands for love and friendship and is thought to increase confidence and leadership ability in the wearer. Harem rings originated in Turkey. They were meant for brides and ladies of the harem and the more bands the ring has and the type of gemstones indicates the higher status of the wife. Traditional gemstones used are pearls, turquoise, emeralds and rubies.
CONDITION The yellow gold has that softened, warm color associated with older gold jewelry. The rubies are in great condition with no cracks or chips visible using a loupe magnifier. The last photo is taken outdoors in natural light. Excellent, vintage condition.