Turquoise has the oldest documented history of all gems. The first use of turquoise was in Mesopotamia. Beads dating back 5000 years have been found. Turquoise was the first gem mineral to be mined by man. It was also the first to be imitated! Turquoise beads, in Egypt, have been found dating back to 4000 BC. It has long been used as a stone of protection. Queen Victoria’s love of turquoise was no secret. It is said that upon her marriage to Albert, Queen Victoria gave portrait rings to her ladies-in-waiting. Each miniature portrait of the Queen was surrounded by tiny turquoise cabochons. Later in the Victorian Era, larger turquoise stones were used in ring settings. Rubies have been highly valued for centuries, and are thought to bring energy and protection to the wearer. They are a stone of passion and love. Once only worn by royalty, it has remained a favorite gem, beloved for its rich pink to red hue.
This fantastic antique ring features two cool blue turquoise stones flanking a piercingly hot pink ruby. Rich gold repousse work completes the face of the oval ring top, which is bordered by deep cobalt blue enamel, and surrounded by eighteen ruby cabochons set in silver. The shoulders, like the shank are made of 18 karat gold, and decorated with fleur-de-lis. From front to back, top to bottom, and side to side, it's the perfect ring for all those who appreciate fine antique jewels!
Size (can be resized): 6
Dimensions: Ring top is 27mm wide
Weight: 8 grams
Materials: Gold, turquoise, ruby, enamel
Metal: Silver; 18K gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition