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Edwardian Purple Sapphire & Diamond Ring


The American jewelry manufacturing firm of J. R. Wood was established in New York City in 1850. Later joined by his two sons, Rawson L. and St. John, the company became known as J. R. Wood & Sons, Inc.

The impact that the various wavelength of light has on gemstones is fascinating. The color perceived or interpreted is dependent upon the type of illumination under which the gem is viewed. The shift from indoor lighting (formerly candle light and gas light and soon to be incandescent) to that of daylight outdoors can be startling. Even the luster of a gem is impacted by not only the quality but the quantity of the light reflected from the surface.

Set in this Edwardian 18k yellow gold ring is a pair of oval faceted purple sapphires with wonderful hues that can subtly shift from lilac to grape dependent upon the source of light. Under UV (ultraviolet light) these gems will have a red glow. These purple sapphires are joined by four (4) brilliant cut diamonds set at the four cardinal points.

Date: Circa 1910.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 5/16 of an inch (0.7 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/8 of an inch (0.3 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 1.6 grams (1.0 dwt).

Ring Size: US 5-1/2 (UK K-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 50.6 mm; Int. Dia. 16.1 mm; Japan 10) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.

Hallmarks: XXX; M mark for J.R. Wood & Sons, Inc.

Condition: Very good; diamonds replaced with modern brilliant cuts.

Origin: American.

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