Very sweet vintage Art Deco 10k yellow gold blue zircon ring, size 5. Measures 3/8" north/south, band tapers to 2.4mm at the back of the ring shank, weighs 2 grams. Hallmarked "10K" on the inside of the ring shank. The square cushion cut stone measures 4.5mm l x w and is bezel set. In excellent well cared for condition. Circa 1940's. Please note- it is the natural character of genuine blue zircons in vintage pieces, to show "flea bites" or tiny abrasions that typically occur along the facet junctions. This is actually one identifying factor of natural zircon in vintage and antique jewels.
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Blue zircon is a NATURALLY occurring gemstone that many people have heard of, but few have seen. Credit for the following to GIAgrams: "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 NATURAL 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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