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Edwardian Red Spinel & Diamond Flower Cluster Ring

$3,800.00

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Edwardian Red Spinel & Diamond Flower Cluster Ring

$3,800.00


Description

DATE: Edwardian, c.1910

A stunning antique cluster ring set with a vibrant red spinel centre with a halo of diamond petals. The stones are set in platinum, with a hint of millegrain around the edges, and the band crafted in 18 karat yellow gold. It dates from the early 20th century, circa 1910/1920, perfect as a cocktail ring or alternative engagement ring - the red spinel an underrated and gorgeous alternative to ruby.

Spinel is a little known and hugely under-appreciated gemstone. It comes in a range of colours, from deep purples and blues to bright reds and hot pinks. Indeed, for thousands of years, spinels were often mistaken and mis-sold as sapphires, before a technique was eventually determined to tell the gems apart in the 18th century. The stone known as the "Black Prince's Ruby" is perhaps the most famous example of spinel-mistaken-for-ruby. It's an impressive 170 carat vibrant crimson gem, the largest uncut spinel in the world, and one of the oldest set in England's Imperial State Crown (that's the one worn at coronations, and at state openings of parliament - currently on display in the Tower of London) with a history stretching back to the 14th century. Most likely mined in the mountains of Afghanistan, it was demanded by Edward of Woodstock, son of king Edward III, in 1367 for his help stamping out a rebellion against Spain's Don Pedro (the Cruel), king of Castille and León. Since then it's been worn at least twice by an English king in battle: Henry V wore it on his gem-encrusted helmet during the battle of Agencourt (said helmet was nearly cleaved in two by the Duke of Alençon's battleaxe, so it's a wonder that both gem the king survived), and by Richard III at the battle of Bosworth. A battle that Richard famously did not survive.

STONES 

Natural Red Spinel - 1.6ct (calc)

Transitional Cut Diamonds - total diamond weight approx. .75ct

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 1.4 x 1.2cm

Width of band: 2.3mm

WEIGHT 

4.0g

MARKS 

Stamped 18ct

CONDITION 

Very good

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