Radiant 18th c. Chrysoberyl Pavé Ring
Superbly colored chrysoberyls are pavé set with great precision in silver with a rose gold beaded border. Shaped, faceted and foiled, these gems have remained very bright and are a wondrously light chartreuse green which just cannot be captured in photographs. The photo of the ring on the hand is one which most closely approximates the real life color.
The dramatic navette shape perfectly accommodates the textural elements of the tightly set stones. These 18th jewelers crafted a magnificently large finger ring designed to maximize the fire, color and refractions of the highly regarded Brazilian chrysoberyl gems,
For almost exact examples see "Five Centuries of Jewellery, The National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon" page 89.
Measurements: 1-7/16 inches (3.6 cm) north to south on the finger by more than 1 inch (2.6 cm) in width by 5/16 of an inch (0.7 cm) in depth. This antique ring has a weight of 11.5 grams (7.4 dwt).
Ring Size: Currently a size 8 (UK P-1/4; Euro 18, 57 mm) and easily sized by our expert jewelers.
Condition: Very good; top excellent. The stones are all original and in fine condition; foiling is still bright and even with some minor variations of color throughout; bead work is excellent; shank has been replaced and a plate placed on the back with the entire back and shank gilded.
Date & Origin: Circa 1780 and is Portuguese in origin.
Note: Examples of this type are on exhibit in the museum, Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, some originate in Portugal, but others are attributed to French origins.