B518 Pre-Civil War Era, 15 karat Gold Ring set with a Natural Raspberry (rare color) Garnet:

Victorian Raspberry Garnet ring

This ring has is a handmade of 15 karat Rose gold, the ring is unmarked but “touch stone” tested to be 15 karat gold. The garnet is held in the setting with 12 handmade prongs, they did not to loose this gemstone. There are handmade Trefoils on the top and bottom of the garnet setting. The natural garnet gemstone is a very nice color; it has the combination of the bright deep red of the pyrope garnet, also known as the precious garnet, and the purple color of the almandine garnet within the same stone. This combination is called a “Raspberry Garnet” and this gemstone is approximately 2 carats of gemstone in weight.

Garnet Facts and Legends;
The history of Garnet dates back to the Bronze Age (more than 5,000 years ago), when it was a very popular gemstone. According to Christian and Jewish mythologies, when God's wrath clouded the earth with thunderous storms and endless rain during the Great Flood, a radiant red Garnet guided the way for Noah, ultimately leading his ark to salvation.
Garnets have been widely known for thousands of years. Garnets are found in jeweler from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. Many courageous discoverers and travelers wore Garnets for protection, as they were considered popular talismans and protective stones, because it was believed in those days that Garnets illuminate the night and prevent their wearer from any sort of evil. Today science explained to us that the proverbial luminosity of Garnet is caused by its high refraction of light.

The ring is from New York circa 1855, it is a size 7 now but could be resized if needed, either larger or smaller. The current value for insurance is $1800.00 as of June 2015, the gold-work and gemstone are in great condition.

Price: $595.00