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Colour Change Rarity - Vintage 14K Gold Alexandrite & Diamond Ring. This rare ring is crafted from 14K yellow gold, hallmarked 14K, and a makers mark. Featuring a natural oval cut faceted alexandrite, 2 natural round brilliant 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 colour change on this alexandrite is gentle and varies from teal /blue to purplish pink. The precious gem is securely set with claws, and a basket head. The alexandrite is flanked by a sparkling bright white diamond on each side, which enhances the alexandrite beautifully. The band is simple in design, with tapered shoulders. It is dainty, however it is substantial for daily wear. The shank is smooth and polished , which allows for a comfortable fit. 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.
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.
Alexandrites 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.
Measurements: Face of Ring 10.00 mm x 6.00 mm
Stone Size: Alexandrite .50 carat Diamonds .16 carats
Weight: 2.50 grams
Ring Size: 5 3/4
Condition: Excellent Note: Pristine
Origin: America Alexandrite: Brazil
Date: Circa 1960