Early Victorian 15kt Chrysoberyl & Pink Sapphire Ring
Chrysoberyl is a "little secret" gemstone. One of the most brilliant gems, it has a high degree of fire and almost rivals that of diamonds. Anxious to access the wealth of the new world, voyages by the Portuguese and Spanish hastened the discovery of these gemstones. Often mistakenly referred to as chrysolite, they are quite rare. Collectors have held on to these obscure colored stones, which range from pale yellow to puce soft green. Its use in jewelry has all but disappeared today, and it remains very rare.
A beautiful chrysoberyl and pink sapphire ring from the Early Victorian (ca1850) era! Made of 15kt gold, the ring has a lovely alternating gemstone design. Each gemstone is beautifully faceted, resting in a open-back micro prong setting. The graduating stones sparkle beautifully, their luscious natural golden yellow color and rich pink colors complimenting each other perfectly. A delicate flourish decorates the gold band at each shoulder, extending to a simple and smooth shank at the back. A few small hallmarks can be found stamped within the interior of the band. A stunning early Victorian ring, it is perfect for any chrysoberyl lover and would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a large finger size 8.25, but could be resized if necessary. The curved oval plaque measures approximately 1 1/2" tall and 7/8" wide. The tapered setting measures 6mm wide at the front, and 2mm wide at the back.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. There is some minor surface wear to the setting, including an asymmetrical curvature to the back of the band, but this is not noticeable when worn. All five gemstones are intact and are free of any apparent chips or scratches.