Unusual Gemstone Rings


front view Belle Epoque green garnet and diamond dress ring, French, circa 1905.
Belle Epoque green garnet and diamond dress ring, French, circa 1905.
Ref: 15292

Tuesday 8th December 2015

The gemstones of ruby, sapphire, emerald and pearl have been considered precious for centuries, as a result of their rarity, highly revered status, and unquestionable beauty. Due to our increasing taste for individuality, it is no surprise that the perhaps lesser well known gemstones are becoming more and more popular as a centrepiece for a unique engagement ring.

At Berganza we have a large range of antique and vintage rings set with rare and unusual gemstones. Transparent examples include the alluring greens of peridot, demantoid garnet and tourmaline, the beautiful blues of aquamarine and zircon, the feminine purples and pinks of kunzite, amethyst, spinel and rubellite, and the warm golden hues of topaz, tourmaline, zircon, garnet and citrine. Fancy colour sapphires also naturally come in a variety of colours of many shades and intensities. If you would prefer a striking opaque gemstone providing a burst of colour, consider turquoise, coral, lapis, or jade. Opaque quartz varieties include agate, cornelian and onyx, which can be seen in jewellery dating back as far as Ancient Greece and Rome.

Gemstones displaying optical effects can make particularly unique engagement rings and are almost always fashioned into cabochons to best show their phenomenon. Optical effects in natural unenhanced gemstones are rare, especially examples showing a sharp effect with an attractive colour. The optical phenomenon chatoyancy or ‘cat’s eye’ can be seen especially in chrysoberyl and also in quartz. Asterism or ‘star’ effects are particularly striking, the light casting usually a six-rayed star across the top of the gemstone – this effect can be seen predominantly in ruby and sapphire. For gemstones with other fascinating optical effects, consider opals with their play of colour or moonstone with their shimmering adularescence.

The beauty of these unusual gemstones is enhanced by original antique and vintage settings. Depending on the period different metals were used, from yellow gold and silver, through to white gold and platinum. Ring design and workmanship also vary widely across the periods. We have a range of striking Ancient examples; rare Georgian pieces; Victorian clusters and carved rings; elegant Edwardian rings; Art Deco solitaire and dress rings; and bold cocktail style pieces. Original hand-crafted settings display the gemstones to their best advantage, showcasing their unique colour and charm, often highlighted by scintillating diamonds.

Naturally, antique gemstone rings come in an array of colours. Among the more unusual gemstones you might find one which appeals to you more than the traditional choices, or perhaps a colour that you hadn’t yet considered. All of our gemstones are natural with no enhancement, and all are within their original settings, making them particularly rare and special. Discover our captivating range of antique unusual gemstone rings in our collection online and in our London showroom.

front view Cat's eye chrysoberyl a
Cat's eye chrysoberyl and diamond coronet cluster ring, circa 1910.
Ref: 19175
front view Medieval gold ring with turquoise, circa 13th century.
Medieval gold ring with turquoise, circa 13th century.
Ref: 20749
Art Deco black opal diamond ring berganza hatton garden
Art Deco black opal and diamond ring, circa 1935.
Ref: 14381
Multi stone cluster ring berganza hatton garden
Multi-stone cluster ring, circa 1950.
Ref: 11444
Peridot and diamond ring berganza hatton garden
Victorian peridot and diamond ring, circa 1900.
Ref: 24272
front veiw Mauve star sapphire and diamond cluster ring, circa 1920.
Mauve star sapphire and diamond cluster ring, circa 1920.
Ref: 18070
front view Aquamarine and diamond cocktail ring
Aquamarine and diamond cocktail ring, circa 1970.
Ref: 19683
front view Art Deco Imperial precious topaz and diamond ring, circa 1930.
Art Deco Imperial precious topaz and diamond ring, circa 1930.
Ref: 19684
front view Cartier vintage coral & onyx ring, French, circa 1975.
Cartier vintage coral & onyx ring, French, circa 1975.
Ref: 18782
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