Antique Moonstone & Diamond Heart Ring
The year 1900 brought with it not only a change in century but also a rebirth of sentimental motifs such as stars, arrows and of course, hearts. These gems were quite prized during the Victorian era and often used in engagement rings of that period. In addition, moonstones as well as opals matched the colors of the fashions then in vogue.
A gorgeous cabochon blue moonstone formed into the shape of a stylized heart is the main attraction in this show-stopping turn-of-the 19th century ring. A surround of silver encrusted with twenty-three (23) rose cut diamonds of about .01 carats each (total estimated diamond weight of .23 carats) embraces the enigmatic heart moonstone and sits upon a high pierced under gallery of 18k yellow gold. The undulating bluish sheen of the 1.12 mm long by 1.11 mm wide stone is said to resemble the reflection of moonlight on the waters of the Ganges River in India. On each side ascending 18k yellow gold shoulders with the buttery soft finish only antique gold possesses conclude with a smooth and silken band.
Measurements: 5/8 of an inch (1.6 cm) north to south on the hand and rises 5/16 of an inch (0.7 cm) off the finger. This antique ring has a weight of 3.7 grams (2.4 dwt).
Ring Size: US 5-3/4 (UK L; Euro 16.5, 52 mm) and is easily sized.
Hallmarks: Faint remnants of some old hallmarks of which none are legible.
Condition: Very good to excellent; moonstone excellent; shank has even wear commensurate with age and use.
Date: Circa 1900
Note: All diamond weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.