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Evocative 18th C. Lilac Sapphire Ring


Few of us are aware that the sapphire gemstone we generally think of as blue comes in a variety of colors. Perhaps you are already aware that the red version of the sapphire is known as a ruby and the pink sapphire is just that…a pink sapphire. Fancy sapphires can be green, white, brown, orange and even color-shifting between purple and violet as well as several other hues.

Here a lavender sapphire makes its appearance in a mid 18th century Georgian ring. Sleek and geometric, the fancy gem is a wondrous eight sided octagonal cut old sapphire. It measures approximately 9 by 7 mm (estimated weight of 2.25 carats). The luscious stone displays a slight change in color when exposed to different sources of light, i.e., incandescent, daylight or fluorescent.

The rectangular sapphire is set into a classic 18k yellow gold ring circa 1750 with a typical rub over bezel and back with basket weave design. The simple yet elegant shank connects at two points, tapers down to a banded area where it segues to a plain gold shank which tests at 10k.

Date: Circa 1750.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 1/4 of an inch (0.8 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 2.8 grams (1.8 dwt).

Ring Size: US 9 (UK R-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 59.5 mm; Int. Dia. 18.9 mm; Japan 18) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.

Condition: Very good; at some point a small hole in back was opened to allow light into the stone; formerly foiled and now removed but fortunately the sapphire shows in all its glory. Evidence of a previous resizing.

Origin: English.

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