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Changes - Vintage Platinum Natural 'Color Change' Alexandrite & Diamond Ring . This rare ring is crafted from 900 Platinum, hallmarked PL900.  Featuring a natural oval cut faceted alexandrite, 10 natural round brilliant cut diamonds, classic styling and quality gold-work.  This lovely ring houses one of the most rarest gemstones in the world, a beautiful colour change alexandrite. The color change on this alexandrite is strong and varies from teal/blue to purplish/red. The precious gem is securely set with claws, and and a sparkling diamond surround, which enhances the alexandrite beautifully. The band is simple in design, with tapered attractive split designed shoulders. It is dainty, however it is substantial for daily wear.  The shank is smooth and polished , which allows for a comfortable fit, and easy sizing. This rare piece would make a unique engagement or anniversary ring, gift, or wonderful addition to any fine jewelry collection.  

Note: Appraisal included with the ring. 

Alexandrite is an extremely rare gemstone, and fairly new compared to many other gems.  It does not share the ancient history and lore of most other gemstones due to the fact that it was first discovered in the 19th century. The name Alexandrite comes from the fact that the gemstone was first discovered in the emerald mines near the Tokovaya River in Russia's Ural Mountains in 1830, on the day of Prince Alexander ll of Russia's birthday. The story told, was that emerald miners found the alexandrite thinking that the stones were emeralds since they were green. The gems turned red by the campfire light and then green again in the morning, they then realized that they had found a new mysterious gem. 

History: When the gems were thought to be headed to extinction, even larger deposits were found in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, the island south of India. Later on, Brazil became another contributor to the world supply of the stone. 

Since the discovery of alexandrite, the gem has been thought to bring good luck, good fortune and love. It is believed to bring balance in the interaction between the physical manifest world and the unmanifest spiritual, or astral world. It opens the crown chakra, bringing one access to the warm, healing energy and love of the universe. It also strengthens intuition,creativity, and imagination. Alexandrite encourages romance, It is also said that through the stone, joy enters the lives of people with to much discipline. The stone reminds us of our purpose in life and our origin. It gives hope to those who are in despair about their lives. It brings strength and constantly reminds them of the light, With it's changing colour, it is a reminder that life is not only what it seems to be. 

Many alexandrite are said to aid physical ailments. They are recommended for those recovering from surgery or prolonged illness.  They are also know to be useful for ones emotional well being. 

Alexandrite is rated excellent for everyday wear, however one must still use caution and protect from harsh chemicals, extreme temperature and scratches. The best way to clean alexandrite is with a mild dish soap and warm water, using a soft toothbrush. 

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.

Platinum was discovered in South America independently by Antonio de Ulloa in 1735 and by N. Wood in 1741, but it had been in use by pre-Columbian native people. 

 

Measurements: Face of Ring 6.00 mm x 5.00 mm 

Stone Size: Alexandrite .59 carat Diamonds .13 carats 

Weight: 4.73  grams

Ring Size: 6

Condition: Excellent   Note: Pristine 

Origin: America     

Date: Circa 1960

 

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