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Victorian, 18ct Gold, Sri Lankan Sapphire and Diamond Cluster Ring


£6,880

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Product SKU: ARB-396

Sapphire and diamond cluster ring, circa 1890. Sri Lanka has been the primary source of sapphires since at least the 2nd century, and the island’s gem industry was recorded by both the 2nd century writer Ptolemy and the 14th century explorer Marco Polo, giving the island its title of ratna-dweepa, or the ‘Isle of Gems’. Sri Lanka produces sapphires of varying shades, including pink and yellow varieties, but the best known are its blue sapphires, with their distinctive, soft hue often described as ‘cornflower’. The Sri Lankan sapphire at the centre of this ring weighs just under 5 carats, but looks even larger thanks to its relatively shallow proportions, and displays this famed cornflower blue entirely naturally, without having undergone any heat treatment. Finished with a late 19th century border of antique circular-cut and cushion-shaped diamonds, this is a superb example of a traditional sapphire cluster ring.

 

 

Place Of Origin

United Kingdom

Stone Type

Sapphire Approx: 4.5 carats (calculated)

Old-Cut Diamonds: Approx. 1.20 carats total / Approx. H colour / VS-SI clarity on average

Stone Dimensions

Sapphire: 11.9mm x 8.1mm x 4.9mm

Height of setting: 7mm
Width of setting at front: 12.8mm x 18.1mm

Metal Type

18ct yellow gold, silver

Date Of Manufacture

1880 - 1890

Period Of Manufacture

Victorian

Condition

Very good

Signs Of Wear

Minor wear commensurate with age

Band Size

UK N / US 6.75 (complimentary re-size available)

This ring can easily be re-sized

Weight

5.14 grams (gross)