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Victorian 18ct Gold, Ruby and Diamond Navette Ring

Our Reference: KCJ151

At a glance...

Size: UK M / US 6.25 / EU 52
Age: 1860-1890
Setting Length: 1.8cm
Material: 18ct Yellow Gold
Marks: None (assay office tested)
Weight: 2.9 grams
Principal Stone: Ruby
Principal Cut: Oval Mixed
Est Principal Weight: 0.25ct
Second Stone: Diamond
Second Cut: Rose Cut
Est Weight: 0.32cts (together)
Case: Recycled Kraft Ring Box

Tell me more...

A delightful Victorian ring set with three rubies and 16 rose cut diamonds. The rubies have been oval mixed cut, and vary from deep red to pinky red. The rose cut diamonds, which may be repurposed from an older piece of Georgian jewellery, dazzle beautifully thanks to their rudimentary faceted edges.

All stones have been set into a solid 18ct gold navette shaped setting. The navette (little boat) design is very flattering on the finger and tends to elongate the digit. It's a popular shape both for ring settings and gemstone cuts, with its origins in the French court of the 1700s.

The setting sits on attractive, split shoulders that lead down to a solid D-shaped shank. The ring is in excellent condition for its age. There are some abrasions visible to the stones with the loupe, but nothing you would spot with just the eye, and all stones are securely set. The band is solid and not overly worn. There are no hallmarks (entirely usual for this period), but we have had the gold content tested by Birmingham Assay Office who found it to be 18ct yellow gold. The band has been resized, and a tiny portion of gold at the bottom of the shank tested between 14ct and 18ct.

This is a striking and very attractive ring, very much of its time. We would assume that - like most rubies for centuries past - the stones in this ring have been heated to improve their colour. The diamonds have not been treated.

The vintage ruby and diamond navette ring is supplied in our recycled kraft ring box along with our tailored gemstone care card. UK delivery is fast and free via Royal Mail.

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Important Notes

All carat weights, colour grades and clarity grades are our very best estimates. Metals are checked for authenticity, and any detectable stone treatments disclosed.

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