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This ring is handmade and circa 1850 and told to me by the family that it was a wedding ring. The family sold the ring to me at a Civil War Show this year in Charleston SC it has belonged to a distant Aunt. The gold work is handmade of 9 carat rose gold and set with 15 seed pearls that are from the Mediterranean Sea and it appears two pearls have been replaced.
The Sapphires are the preferred color of Sapphires the desired “Cornflower Blue”. The middle stone is 3.2 mm and the gemstone on each side is 2 mm in weight.
Information on Sapphire Gemstones:
The oldest sapphire mines are situated in Ceylon, today called Sri Lanka, where gemstones were mined in ancient times.
The expert recognizes Ceylon sapphires from the luminosity and brilliance of their light to medium blue color. Most blue Sapphires today come from Thailand or Australia. Sapphires in the Victorian Language of Gems means “Innocence”.
The gemstones are all hand cut using diamonds to cut the stones. The ring is in wonderful condition and a Size 7 ¼ now but could be resized if needed. The current insured value as of January 2012 is $1850.00