1930s Statement Ruby Ring
A giant vivid red ruby is the main event here. Set in a 14ct gold signet ring mount, with engraved shoulder decoration and dating from the 1930s, it's a lab-grown ruby of the most remarkable, purest, brightest red colour - and a colossal 13.5 carats in weight. Really quite wild.
Lab grown stones caused something of a sensation when they became available to the public around 1905. Their chemical composition is identical to naturally occurring counterparts (corundum, to use the correct mineralogical term for rubies and sapphires), but these stones were created by humans in a laboratory - humans who managed to successfully recreate the powerful forces within the Earth's crust to produce some of nature's most mesmerising and coveted treasures.
Auguste Verneuil perfected a method for producing synthetic ruby in late 1883, and over time it was honed and refined until precious gemstones of remarkable colour and clarity could be produced for the jewellery industry. Experimentation with different colouring agents allowed the production sapphires of every colour, in addition to rubies, and by the 1930s huge crystals, near free from inclusions, and displaying intense and even colouration were available in the high end boutiques and jeweller's of the day.
Era: Art Deco, circa 1930
Ring size: W 1/2 or 11.25 US. Resizable for £35
Head size: 17.2mm by 14.0mm
Stone: 13.5ct Lab-grown ruby (synthetic corundum)
Marks: Stamped 14k (gold)
Condition: Good vintage condition. Some wear to the settings around the corners of the stone. We've had our jeweller shore them up, so the stone is secure
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Gemstones are tested by an accredited gemmologist (Cert GA, Gemmological Association of Great Britain)
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Resizing takes 7-14 days
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Note: sizing may remove some of the patina (although we take every care to reduce this where possible)
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We offer detailed and accurate condition reports on each listing. These pieces are antique, vintage, or pre-loved, often over 100 years old so they're going to have lived a life. A healthy patina and the odd scuff/scrape are quite normal... it's part of their charm! Everything we present has been checked over by our jeweller and should be good for wear for many years to come (unless otherwise stated) but please remember to treat them with appropriate care and consideration for their age.
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