Rose De France - Vintage English 9K Gold Amethyst & Diamond Cluster Ring (VR831)

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Rose de France - Vintage English 9K Gold Amethyst & Diamond Cluster Ring. This gorgeous ring is crafted from 9K yellow and white gold, hallmarked 375 for 9K gold. Featuring one natural oval cut faceted amethyst, 24 natural single cut diamonds, vintage classic styling, and quality craftsmanship. The gallery on this ring showcases a beautiful 'Rose de France amethyst, which is a name used in the jewelry industry for a lavender/lilac colored amethyst. The lavender amethyst displays lavender/pinkish hues, which are enhanced by a sparkling diamond surround. The lovely amethyst is clear, and sparkly, with a good intensity, and the diamonds are clear and bright, with a nice sparkle. The shoulders are an attractive split design, which leads down to a smooth and polished shank. This vintage ring is ethereal, and gentle, yet still has a presence.

Note: Contemporary appraisals do not reflect the value of antique and vintage jewelry. 

History: Ancient Greeks and Romans believed this gemstone could ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus and keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. English regalia were decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.

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.

Gold was generally used for a couple thousand years solely to create things such as jewelry and idols for worship. This was until around 1500 BC when the ancient empire of Egypt, which benefited greatly from its gold-bearing region, Nubia, made gold the first official medium of exchange for international trade.

The 19th century saw the invention of white gold. At the time, manufacturers alloyed gold with palladium. It wasn't commercially available until 1912, when it was issued as a patent in Pforzheim, Germany, subsequently gaining popularity as a more affordable alternative to platinum in the mid-1920s.

A Rose de France amethyst is a member of the amethyst family of gemstones. It is defined by its markedly light shade of the purple known to the amethyst family. The color is reminiscent of a lavender/lilac shade.


Measurements: Face of the Ring 19.00 mm  x 17.50 mm 

Stone Size: Amethyst 5.20 carats  Clarity LI 1   Color : Light  Lavender Purple  with good intensity          Diamonds .12 carats  Clarity  SI 1   Color I  Average 

Weight: 4.80 grams 

Ring Size: 8 3/4

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: England 

Date: Circa 1980

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