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This ring is handmade of 15-karat rose gold by a goldsmith. The outside on the rings band has an America hallmark stamp, but unknown maker on this goldsmith. The ring is from Philadelphia. The center gemstone is a natural Emerald of 50 points of a carat in weight. The three lower Emeralds are weight for top 20 points and the other two are 10 points each. One of the lower emeralds has a chip in the gemstone. Also set are 18 hand cut and hand set natural diamonds that are Rose Cut.
Rose Cut Diamond information:
The rose cut features a flat bottom with a dome-shaped crown, rising to a single apex. With anywhere from 3 to 24 facets, a rose cut diamond resembles the shape of a rose bud. The rose cut dates to the 1500s and remained common during the Georgian and Victorian eras.
Emerald Gemstone history:
The ancients appear to have obtained emeralds from Upper Egypt, where it is said to have been worked as early as 2000 BC, during the life of Pharaoh Sesostris III. Greek miners were working the mines in the time of Alexander the Great, and later the mines yielded their gems to Cleopatra. Cleopatra was an avid emerald collector. Remains of "Cleopatra's Mines" were discovered about 1817, they are situated on the Red Sea coast. 16th Century Spanish explorers, who found large emeralds in the possession of the Aztecs and Incas, discovered South America’s rich bounty of emeralds. The Moguls of India, including Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal, loved emeralds so much they inscribed them with sacred text and wore them as talismans. The Emerald symbolizes love, success, and happiness, in the Victorian language of Gems.
The ring is in excellent condition and is a size 6 but could be resized larger or smaller if needed without diminishing the value to ring. The front is 1 1/8 inch tall by 1/2 inch across the widest area. The ring has an insured value of $2500.00 as of August 2016.