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From Russia With Love - Vintage 14K Alexandrite & Diamond Ring. This gorgeous ring is crafted from 14K, hallmarked 14K. Featuring a genuine natural oval-cut faceted alexandrite, 4 genuine round brilliant cut diamonds, classic styling and quality gold-work. The beautiful teal /blue coloured gem, which changes to purple in different light intensities, is one of the rarest precious gemstones in the world named Alexandrite. The rare gemstone is flanked by two diamonds on each side of the gem, leading down to a tapered smooth, polished band, allowing for a comfortable fit. The style of this ring , which is simple elegance is perfect for the stunning alexandrite. This vintage piece would make a unique engagement ring, gift or addition to any fine jewelry collection.
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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 11mm x 5mm
Stone Size: Alexandrite .43 Carat Diamonds .06 ctw
Weight: 1.80 grams
Ring Size: 6 3/4
Condition: Excellent Note: Pristine
Date: Circa 1960