This lovely antique ring features Moonstone decorated with Pearls accented with Emeralds crafted in 14ct.
Design Era: Early Victorian (1837-1855).
Materials: Emerald, Moonstone, Pearl, 14ct.
Size: 16.71 NL / 52.5 FR / 6¼ US / M UK
Dimensions: H 0.4 X L 1 x W 1 cm.
Weight in grams: 3,5.
Condition: Very good condition – slightly used with small signs of wear.
Early Victorian, romantic jewelry (1837-1855) also featured nature-inspired designs, similar to jewelry of the Georgian era. Frequently, these designs were delicately and intricately etched into gold. Lockets and brooches were popular in daytime jewelry during the early Victorian era, whereas colored gemstones and diamonds were worn during the evening.
The Victorian era of British history (and that of the British Empire) was the period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 until her death, on 22 January 1901.
Moonstone is a variety of Orthoclase Feldspar. Named for its blue-white sheen's resemblance to the moon.
All pearls originate in mollusks (mollusca), whether natural or cultured. Mollusks are a phylum of invertebrate animals that includes oysters, clams, mussels, snails and octopus among their approximately one hundred and twenty-eight thousand species, all with the ability to produce pearls. Only a few of these varieties can create gem quality pearls.
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.