Quality Victorian Large 15 Carats of “Royal” Amethyst 18 karat Gold Ring:

Elegant Royal Amethyst Ring Victorian
Antique Royal Amethest with Pearls in Ring15 carat Amethyst set in 18 karat Gold Ring circa 1870

This has a detailed handmade setting of 18 karat yellow gold and has deeply hand engraved “Fleur de Lis” on each shoulder of the ring. The shoulders of the ring were enameled and the design was then carefully hand carved through the enamel work into the 18 karat gold. The fleur de lis literally means "lily flower". It is widely thought to be a stylized version of the species Iris pseudacorus. Decorative ornaments that resemble the fleur-de-lis have appeared in artwork from the earliest human civilizations. According to Pierre-Augustin Boissier de Sauvages, an 18th century French naturalist and lexicographer:
Around the gemstone there are 10 large, strong prongs and between each prong is set a natural Seed Pearl which gives this ring a dramatic and quality design. The ring holds a very deep color, natural Royal Amethyst. The Amethyst is hand cut and has a weight of at least 15 Carats.
The Ural Mountains in Russia produced many fine amethysts and thousands were acquired by Catherine the Great. The most desired hues ranged from deep purplish-red to purple-red and these stones were called Uralian, Siberian Amethyst and Royal Amethyst.
Because of the very deep color you can see why they were desired by the Royalty. It is “their” color!

The ring is circa dated 1870 but could be earlier. This is a very nicely made ring and of rare quality. Most rings of this quality are passed down with in families and are not in the Antique market for sale. The rings band is a size 5 ¾ now and can be resized if needed. Excellent condition, elegant to wear is a ring which will be noticed when warn. The insured value as of April 2013 is $1200.00

Price: $1,200.00