Magnificent! Color Shift Purple Sapphire, No Heat
Cluster rings always make a dramatic statement whether of antique or modern origin. However, this example of a Victorian era cluster ring of 14k yellow gold is singularly spectacular. A magnificent rectangular cut natural color changing sapphire is an immediate attention grabber. With no indications of having been heat treated, the estimated 5.1 carat stone shifts from a blue purple hue to that of a definitive purple when moving from daylight or fluorescent lighting to traditional incandescent light. Overall, in most lighting situations it appears violet or purple in color with a superior hue and saturation.
A most apropos coronet mount of 14k yellow gold is the setting of choice for the luscious sapphire which is graced with a surround of ten (10) deep hand polished old mine cut diamonds. Bifurcated or split shoulders each glisten with a mix of ten (10) old mine cut and old hand polished single cut diamonds. In all, thirty (30) diamonds have an estimated total diamond weight of 1.75 carats (J-L color range; SI1-SI2 clarity). Three (3) of the diamonds (one in surround and two smaller gems) are "Cape" color diamonds.**
This ring is accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) certificate only for the sapphire stating it is a color change sapphire with no evidence of heat treatment.
Date: Circa 1890.
Measurements: 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/2 of an inch (1.2 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 8.7 grams (5.6 dwt).
Ring Size: US 8-1/4 (UK Q; Euro or Int. Circum. 57.6 mm; Japan 17; Int. Dia. 18.3) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Note: Stones have not been removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. All diamond and gemstone weights have been approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weights. Grading has been done in situ and may vary if stones are removed.
**Cape is part of the older terminology for the grading of diamond color. According to expert David Federman of Modern Jeweler "by 1911, when W.R. Cattelle, a later London merchant of prominence, published his book, "The Diamond", the term designated diamonds with a slight-to-pronounced yellowish cast. In addition, Perry Wagner stated in his 1914 book, "The Diamond Fields of Southern Africa" that "cape" had been a color classification since at least the turn of the century.
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