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This rings setting is handmade of 9 karat gold. The shoulders of the ring are hand engraved and strong prong setting. The ring is from a collector in Pennsylvania and circa dated to 1850. The hand polished Cornelian is 2.50 carats in weight.
In the Victorian Language of Gems, Cornelian meant: “Distinction Lies before Thee”.
History of Cornelian:
Fit for a queen! An ancient Sumerian queen at that! Cornelian has been an important gem in nearly every great civilization the world has ever seen. From the royalty of Ur ¬ the Mesopotamian capital of pre-biblical times, to Napoleon and Tibetan Buddhists, Cornelian has been revered for its healing, spiritual and creative qualities.
Also known as Sadoine or Mecca Stone and sometimes spelt Cornelian, the name Cornelian is derived from Carne, the Latin for flesh, due to the stone’s coloring.
A deeply religious stone, Cornelian was used by the Egyptian goddess Isis to protect the dead on their journey through the afterlife; it is the symbol of the Apostle Philip; was one of the stones on Aaron’s breast plate of judgment (Exodus: XXVII, 15-30). To this day Buddhists in China, India and Tibet believe in the protective powers of Cornelian and often follow the Egyptian practice of setting the stone with turquoise and lapis lazuli for enhanced power.
This is a very pretty pre-Civil War item and lovely to wear today and is in excellent condition. The band size is 4 ½ and can be re-sized larger if needed. The insured value as of November 2010 is $1600.00