Late Victorian 14kt Gold Quartz Ring
Gold-in-quartz was formed while the earth was still in its molten state. During the cooling and solidification process, veins of gold became trapped with the crystals of quartz in the mine. This created a very dramatic contrast between the white quartz and the yellow of the gold. Jewelry made from gold quartz became quite a fashion statement of the 1880's. During the Gold Rush era in the American West, most of the gold quartz was mined in California around the San Francisco area.
A wonderful gold quartz ring from the Late Victorian (ca1900) era! This fabulous ring features a beautiful gold quartz stone at the center, which is surrounded by a multi prong setting. A simple and smooth 14kt yellow gold band completes the striking design. The gold quartz stone has a pale grey color with marbled gold flecks that stand out dramatically against the light background. The yellow gold of the band enhances the gold flecks in the stone, bringing them to life. The band itself tapers in as it nears a square-shaped band at the back. Stamped inside the shank is "NOW 14KP." A beautiful everyday ring, it would look wonderful worn by a man or woman!
Measurements: The ring has a large finger size of 7 but could be re-sized up or down if desired. The oval gold quartz stone in its setting measures 1/2" tall and 3/8" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting or to the gold quartz stone, which is intact and securely set.