In ancient Chinese architecture, geometric, continuous patterns were a standard and represented symmetry and balance. This beautiful ring from the 1980s utilizes the Chinese key or fret pattern, which is very similar to the ancient Greek key design. The vivid green, oval-cut emerald is surrounded by glistening yellow gold crafted into the Chinese key motif. The design is very minimal and elegant, an excellent gift for May babies!
Emerald is one of the “big three” gemstones – ruby, sapphire, and emerald – that are the most well known and sought after colored gemstones. The word emerald or comes from the ancient Greek word “smaragdus.” The first emerald mines were founded around 330 BCE in Egypt and were highly coveted by Cleopatra. Green has long been associated with relaxation, and gemstone cutters still use the soothing tone of emerald to rest their weary eyes after a long day of faceting.
The ring is in very good vintage condition with minimal signs of wear. The surface of the gold and emerald show fine lines under magnification, but nothing noticeable or visible. The emerald is not chipped or cracked and is highly included with what gemologists called “jardin,” which is French for garden. The gemstone was tested to be a natural, fracture-filled emerald with a few small chips around the girdle. The prongs are not worn and securely hold the emerald in place, and the shank is stamped 10K and a crown maker’s mark.
The ring is size 6.25 and can be sized. The emerald measures 8mm x 6.1mm x 4.2mm and weighs 1.13 carats. The box is for display only. The ring weighs 2.76 grams.
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