Details: ±0.45ct Emerald, 14ct Ring.
Dispatches from a small business in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Size: 17.32 NL / 54.4 FR / 7 US / N½ UK, sizeable (Within reason. Contact seller for information).
Weight in grams: 3.5.
Vintage jewellery is jewellery that is not old enough to be classified as antique (100 years or older), but is also not modern or contemporary. It usually refers to jewellery made after the 1930s and includes Late Art Deco, Retro Era, Hollywood-inspired 1940's jewellery, Jacqueline Kennedy-inspired 1960's jewellery, and even dramatic jewellery from the 1970's and 1980's.
Emeralds are one of the three main precious gemstones (along with rubies and sapphires) and are known for their fine green to bluish green colour. They have been treasured throughout history, and some historians report that the Egyptians mined emerald as early as 3500 BC.
Because of the softness of pure (24k), it is usually alloyed with base metals for use in jewelry, altering its hardness and ductility, melting point, color and other properties. Alloys with lower carat rating, typically 22k, 18k, 14k or 9k, contain higher percentages of copper or other base metals or silver or palladium in the alloy. Copper is the most commonly used base metal, yielding a redder color.