HOWARD & Co. Edwardian 18kt Rainbow Moonstone + Diamond Ring
According to the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), moonstones are members of the feldspar family of minerals, specifically the orthoclase group. Moonstones exhibit a phenomenon called adularescence, which is when light hits the stone, it appears to billow across the surface, displaying an incredible glowing appearance. Labradorite is another species of the feldspar family that can also exhibit adularescence, and one variety is known in the trade as a rainbow moonstone. This Madagascar-mined stones display a multicolored adularescence over a light body color, and despite its name, rainbow moonstones are actually a variety of labradorite rather than orthoclase. These gorgeous stones closely resemble real moonstones and have been showcased in jewelry throughout the ages.
A simply gorgeous signed moonstone and diamond ring from the Edwardian (1910s) era! This beautiful piece is crafted of 18kt yellow gold and features a brilliant 3-stone moonstone design across the front. The substantial moonstone cabochons have an alluring semi-translucent quality and exhibit vibrant multicolored and blue flashes when turned in the light. Four old Rose Cut diamonds accent the spaces between the moonstones, adding delicate sparkle to the wonderful design. An exquisite mounting with floral detailing showcases the moonstones perfectly and the inside of the shank is stamped "HOWARD & CO." This wonderful ring looks simply beautiful when worn. It would make a stunning addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 6 but could be easily resized.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting and the moonstones and diamond are intact and securely set.