A Feminine Classic - Vintage 14K White Gold Cultured Pearl & Diamond Ring (VR671)
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A Feminine Classic - Vintage 14k White Gold Cultured Pearl & Diamond Ring. This gorgeous ring is crafted from 14k white gold, hallmarked 14k. Featuring genuine cultured pearl, 18 natural round cut diamonds, classic styling, and quality craftsmanship. This beautiful design has an expertly set luminous pearl in the centre, surrounded by a halo of sparkling diamonds. The pearl is lustrous, white in color, displaying creamy/champagne overtones. A simple solid shank enhances the beautiful setting on this ring. This vintage piece looks stunning when worn, it would make a very special gift or wonderful addition to any jewelry collection.
History: Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC, while in ancient Rome, pearl jewellery was considered the ultimate status symbol. So precious were the spherical gems that in the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar passed a law limiting the wearing of pearls only to the ruling classes.
The earliest diamonds were found in India in 4th century BC, although the youngest of these deposits were formed 900 million years ago. A majority of these early stones were transported along the network of trade routes that connected India and China, commonly known as the Silk Road.
Although the origin of white color gold dates back to 1710, where it was discovered by two alchemists in Germany, it wasn't used widely until much later. White gold as we know it today was really popularised in the 1920s. Although it might seem strange, this luxury material came to popularity in wartime.
Measurements: Face of ring 10.50 mm
Stone Size: Pearl 7.00 mm Diamonds .18 carats
Weight: 2.40 grams
Ring Size: 7 1/4
Date: Circa 1980