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Santorini Sunset - Vintage 14K Gold Citrine & Diamond Ring. This fabulous ring is crafted from 14K yellow and white gold, hallmarked 14k. Featuring one natural emerald cut citrine, two natural round brilliant diamonds, vintage styling, and quality craftsmanship. This substantial gallery on this ring showcases a beautiful golden colored citrine, which displays brownish/orangish/yellow hues. The captivating citrine is flanked by an expertly bezel set sparkling diamond on each of the gemstone, which adds detail and a touch more sparkle to the ring. The shoulders exhibit some interesting open-work detail, with a slightly tapered band. The shank is smooth and polished, which allows for a comfortable fit and easy sizing. This vintage ring is a real eye-catching piece which exudes warmth, elegance, and luxury. Absolutely gorgeous! 

Note: These large naturally earth mined gemstone rings are not often seen in modern day jewelry anymore. This is a wonderful vintage piece to be treasured for many years to come. 

History: In ancient times, people believed that citrine gemstones could calm tempers, soothe anger and manifest desires, especially prosperity. To leverage these powers, Egyptians used citrine gemstones as talismans, the ancient Greeks carved iconic images into them, and Roman priests fashioned them into rings.

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.

Although the origin of white color gold dates back to 1710, where it was discovered by two alchemists in Germany, it wasn't used widely until much later. White gold as we know it today was really popularised in the 1920s. Although it might seem strange, this luxury material came to popularity in wartime.

Measurements: Face of the Ring 17.00 mm x 13.00 mm 

Stone Size: Citrine 15.00 carats   Diamonds .16 carats 

Weight: 8.75 grams 

Ring Size: 7 1/8 

Condition: Excellent

Origin: Europe   

Date: Circa 1940

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