Victorian Burmese red spinel and diamond three stone ring, circa 1900.


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Victorian Burmese red spinel and diamond three stone ring, circa 1900.

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Victorian Burmese red spinel and diamond three stone ring. Centrally set with a cushion shape old cut natural unenhanced Burmese red spinel in an open back grain and claw setting with an approximate weight of 0.80 carats, flanked by two round old cut diamond in an open back grain and claw settings with a combined approximate weight of 0.70 carats, further set with six round rose cut diamonds in open back grain settings with a combined weight of 0.06 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 0.76 carats, to an ornate carved design featuring curving claws, an intricate carved gallery with scrolling motifs and fancy shape open backholing, leading to engraved shoulders and flowing through to a solid D-shape shank. Tested yellow gold, circa 1900, accompanied by Gemmological Certification Services report #80262-83.

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The name 'Spinel' is actually derived from the Latin word “spinella”, meaning little thorn, due to their sharp crystal formation. Like diamonds, Spinel are part of the cubic crystal system and they form in perfect octahedrons. A hard and durable gemstone, spinel scores an 8 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, making it a perfect choice for a piece of jewellery.

Spinels can come in a myriad of colours, including red, pink, orange, blue, violet, green, and black. The finest spinels exhibit a bright and brilliant red, which can be similar in appearance to ruby, leading to historical confusion between the two gemstones. It was only in 1783 that mineralogist Jean Baptiste Louis Rome de Lisle developed a test to differentiate between ruby and spinel.

The so-called 'Black Prince's ruby', found on the British Imperial state crown is one of the most famous examples of a Spinel that was confused as a Ruby for centuries!

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This ring is in excellent condition.

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Victorian Burmese red spinel and diamond three stone ring, circa 1900.
Victorian Burmese red spinel and diamond three stone ring. Centrally set with a cushion shape old cut natural unenhanced Burmese red spinel in an open back grain and claw setting with an approximate weight of 0.80 carats, flanked by two round old cut diamond in an open back grain and claw settings with a combined approximate weight of 0.70 carats, further set with six round rose cut diamonds in open back grain settings with a combined weight of 0.06 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 0.76 carats, to an ornate carved design featuring curving claws, an intricate carved gallery with scrolling motifs and fancy shape open backholing, leading to engraved shoulders and flowing through to a solid D-shape shank. Tested yellow gold, circa 1900, accompanied by Gemmological Certification Services report #80262-83.
20396
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Y Gold
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