BI 111 Rare Pink Topaz, Victorian Gold Ring with Pearls:


BI 111

The circa date for the ring is 1855 to 1865. The gold work was handmade of 15 karat yellow gold by using the lost wax method of gold design. The ring is set with three natural Pink Topaz of 10 points each and four natural ocean seed Pearls of 2.2 mm each.
The gemstones were hand cut using diamonds to cut the topaz.
Pink Topaz Facts:
Red and pink topaz gems were used in the jewelry of the 18th and 19th Century Russian Czarinas and are why topaz is sometimes called "Imperial Topaz."
Topaz in its natural state is a golden brown to yellow, a characteristic which means it is sometimes confused with the less valuable gemstone citrine. A variety of impurities and treatments may make topaz wine red, pale gray, reddish-orange, pale green, or pink (rare), and opaque to translucent/transparent. The pink and red varieties come from chromium, replacing aluminum in its crystalline structure.
Folklore, Legends:
During the Middle, Ages topaz was thought to heal both physical and mental disorders and prevent death.
The Greeks believed it had the power to increase strength and to make its wearer invisible while the Romans believed it had the ability to improve eyesight. The Egyptians wore it as an amulet to protect them from injury.
Topaz is commonly associated with silicic igneous rocks of the granite and rhyolite type. It typically crystallizes in granitic pegmatites or in vapor cavities in rhyolite lava flows It can be found with fluorite and cassiterite in various areas including the Ural and Ilmen mountains of Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Pakistan, Italy, and Sweden,
The ring is in excellent condition and strong to wear. It is a size 5 1/4 now but can be resized larger or smaller if needed.

Price: $975.00