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Oyster's Jewel - Estate Sterling Silver Cultured Pearl & CZ Ring. This gorgeous ring is crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 for sterling. Featuring a stunning large genuine cultured freshwater white pearl, sparkling cubic zirconia gems, and quality silver-work. The design of this ring is so beautiful with its elegant retro design, expertly set with sparkling cubic zirconia gems, framing the spectacular pearl. The pearls colour is white displaying silvery/pink overtones. The shoulders of the ring have an attractive twist the band set with more dazzling cubic zirconia gems. The shank is adjustable to your desired size which has a high polish for smoothness and comfort. This wonderful Retro designed ring is elegant and eye catching, truly a perfect gift or addition to any jewelry collection.
Note: Fantastic large round pearl with a beautiful lustre.
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.
History. Slag heaps near ancient mine workings in Turkey and Greece prove that silver mining started around 3000 BC. The metal was refined by cupellation, a process invented by the Chaldeans, who lived in what is now southern Iraq.
The term "sterling silver" probably originated in eastern Germany when five towns formed the Hanseatic League in the 1100s. These town minted their own coins of 92.5 percent silver. When Britain sold cattle and grain to the League, they were paid in "Easterling coins".
Cubic zirconia was first discovered by German mineralogists in 1937. The gemstone was dismissed for years until it was rediscovered by Soviet-era scientists. It was hoped that the stone could be used as a diamond-like, indestructible substance. There were also theories that it may be used in place of rubies in lasers.
Cubic zirconia was invented in Russia in the 1970s, as a diamond alternative for use in laser technology. Later, the jewelry industry starty using CZ because of its sparkle and brilliance that is similar to diamonds. Now, CZ is used in almost all kinds of jewelry – necklace, rings, engagement rings, earrings and more.
Measurements: Face of Ring 14.00 mm x 10.50 mm
Stone Size: Pearl 11.00 mm x 11.00 mm
Weight: 3.90 grams
Ring Size: Adjustable
Date: 21st Century