Antique Golden Hessonite Garnet Diamond Ring
We typically expect a garnet to be somewhere in the red spectrum. Rare but also a hue with which we come in contact with is the green demantoid garnet. Pyrope, almandine and the fairly new tsavorite are also on the jewelry scene. Hessonite is a garnet of a truly different color which we do not often encounter. This variety exudes a warm and rich amber tone which lends itself quite nicely to a pairing with yellow gold.
Here a favorite Edwardian style, i.e., the cluster ring takes advantage of this underused gemstone. An oval faceted hessonite of an estimated 1.2 carats plays lead in a sophisticated jewelry drama. The glorious golden amber gem glows with a richness magnified by a surround of twelve (12) old European cut diamonds of an estimated total .60 carats. The bright white diamonds shimmer with a color grade of J-K. All set in a modified coronet mounting of 14k yellow gold.
Date: Circa 1890.
Measurements: 1/2 of an inch (1.2 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/4 of an inch (0.8 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 3.4 grams (2.2 dwt).
Ring Size: US 6 (UK L-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 51.8 mm; Int. Dia. 16.5 mm; Japan 11) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Condition: Excellent; a bit of facet wear and minute facet nibbles to bottom of stone visible with magnification. One diamond edge chip and a few surface scratches only evident with a loupe.
Note: Stones were not removed to preserve the integrity of the setting. All weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weights. Grading may vary if stones are removed.
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