An excellent vintage ring from the 1980s set with an 8.3mm Japanese Akoya cultured pearl that glows against 10K white gold. The elegant and minimalist design focuses the eye on the luminous pearl, framed by two single-cut diamonds. A great ring for June babies or vintage brides!
Pearls have an ancient history, first mentioned in 2,206 BCE by a Chinese writer; these organic gemstones are created by a living creature and not in the Earth. With their origins in water, pearls can be from freshwater and saltwater mollusks and have a strong association with myths and lore involving water. The silky orient and luster of pearls often give them a glow that many cultures associate with the moon. Victorians thought pearls represented purity, the Japanese thought they were mermaid’s tears, and Persians believed they formed when a rainbow met the Earth.
The ring is in very good vintage condition with minimal signs of wear. The surface of the gold shows fine lines and marks, but nothing noticeable or visible. The pearl’s nacre is in good condition, with a few minor blemishes on the nacre. The orient is good to very good, and the pearl has a cream overtone. The inside of the band is stamped 10K DC (maker’s mark). A GIA Graduate Gemologist examined the pearls, and the prongs are not worn down.
The ring is a size 7.25 and can be sized. The pearl is 8.3 mm, the diamonds are 2mm (0.03 carats each), and the ring weighs 3.33 grams. The box is for display only.
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