E351 Pink Tourmaline Claw Set, yellow Gold Solitaire Ring:


Beautiful color of Pink Tourmaline gemstone set into this ring, which is circa 1865. The setting is handmade of yellow gold with test 9-karat gold. Purchased at the Charleston Civil War Show from a couple who knew a very little history of the ring. The gemstone is 95 points of a carat that is hand cut and handset. This beautiful rich pink color of a clear stone of natural Tourmaline is claw set.

Background of Tourmaline Gemstones:
Somewhere in Brazil in the 1500s, a Spanish conquistador washed the dirt from a green tourmaline crystal and confused the vibrant gem with emerald. His confusion lived on until scientists recognized tourmaline as a distinct mineral species in the 1800s. The confusion about the stone’s identity is even reflected in its name, which comes from toramalli, which means “mixed gems” in Sinhalese (a language of Sri Lanka).  It’s a term Dutch merchants applied to the multicolored, water-worn pebbles that miners found in the gem gravels of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
It’s easy to understand why people so easily confuse tourmaline with other gems: Very few gems match tourmaline’s dazzling range of colors. From rich reds to pastel pinks and peach colors, intense emerald greens to vivid yellows and deep blues, the breadth of this gem’s color range is unrivaled.
People have probably used tourmaline as a gem for centuries, but until the development of modern mineralogy, they identified it as some other stone (ruby, sapphire, emerald, and so forth) based on its coloring.
The ring's size is 7 but could be resized larger or smaller.

Price: $550.00