Crafted in the Grand Period of the Victorian era, this gorgeous ring features one large garnet carbuncle, bezel-set into 14K rose gold and surrounded by glowing 22 natural seed pearls. The close-backed garnet trapped the light in the stone and enhanced the inner glow that garnets are well-known for. The natural seed pearls are dark grey and pop against the glistening rose gold. A beautiful, antique ring for January or June babies!
The name garnet derives from the Latin word, granatum, which means pomegranate. Garnet is the stone of fire, Mars and Scorpio. The vibrant red hues of garnet associated it with blood in Medieval times and were thought to cure many circulatory ailments and aids the liver in expelling toxins. Garnet’s virtues are true friendship, passion, success, self-esteem, and fidelity, which made it a famous stone for betrothal in past eras. They promote confidence, which made them a favorite gemstone for ancient warriors. Some even believe pyrope garnets are inside the Ark of the Covenant.
The ring is in very good antique condition with minor signs of wear. The surface of the garnet shows tiny pits and fine scratches from years of wear, but nothing noticeable or distracting. The seed pearls are secure in their setting and are not chipped or cracked. All stones are natural and were tested by a GIA Graduate Gemologist. The gold shows fine lines and marks with some areas of “patina” on the metal, like the back and near the shank joints. These could be polished up, but antique items, as a rule, are left unpolished. The band is stamped with the metal’s fineness mark of 14K and no other hallmarks, meaning this piece was most likely made in the USA.
The ring is a size 5.25 and could be sized. The carbuncle measures 12mm x 8mm x 4mm and weighs 4.11 carats. The box is for display only.
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