E741 Victorian Gold Ring with Sapphire and Seed Pearls:


The ring's setting is handmade of 15 karat yellow gold. The rings' shoulders are carved with a diagonal design. The ring is set with a 20 point "Corn Flower Blue" natural Sapphire held in the setting six-strong prongs. Four 2.5 mm Seed Pearls are placed around the Sapphire. The ring is circa 1855 to 1865.
Sapphire Gemstone Information:
The sky is just a gigantic blue sapphire stone into which the earth is embedded – this belief was cherished in ancient times. Does there exist a better image to describe the beauty of an immaculate sapphire of purest blue? This color, which is strongly associated with Sapphire, is also linked to emotions such as sympathy and harmony, friendship, and loyalty. These emotions belong to features, which are permanent and reliable – emotions where overwhelming and fiery passion is not the main element, but rather composure, mutual understanding, and unshakeable trust. In the Victorian Language of Gemstones, Sapphires meant "Innocence."
"Sapphires were used by the Romans for the development of greater trade with India, at the time of Emperor Trajan. "Sapphire- is the birthstone of September. The hardness of sapphires is 9, and they are considered a precious gemstone. A diamond is a hardness of 10, in comparison.

Pearl History:
Pearls played a pivotal role at the most celebrated banquet in literature. To convince Rome that Egypt possessed a heritage and wealth that put it above conquest, Cleopatra wagered Marc Antony she could give the most expensive dinner in history. The Roman reclined as the queen sat with an empty plate and a goblet of wine (or vinegar). She crushed one large pearl of a pair of earrings, dissolved it in the liquid, and then drank it down. Astonished, Antony declined his dinner—the matching pearl—and admitted she had won. Pliny, the world's first gemologist, writes in his famous Natural History that the two pearls were worth an estimated 60 million sesterces, or 1,875,000 ounces of fine silver ($9,375,000 with silver at $5/ounce). In the Georgian period and much earlier, finding a valuable pearl requires as much luck as skill. And in their quest for both pearls and mother-of-pearl, people have sometimes taken extraordinary measures. For many centuries, divers for marine pearls had to outmaneuver sharks and other dangers to locate the pearl oysters they hoped would contain natural pearls. England and the Eastern United States desired the small seed pearl.
The ring is in excellent condition and a size 5.5 now but can be re-sized larger or smaller if needed.

Price: $650.00