Antique Double Moonstone Heart Ring
Moonstones have a long and glorious history and traditionally have been held as a true gem of antiquity. A sacred stone of India, it was believed to be actual moonlight in solid form. It also has been referred to as “selenite” in honor of Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon. During the late 19th century moonstone was adopted as an alternative to precious gems and was imbued with a mystery and aura that it aroused tender passions. Consequently, during this era it was cherished as a gift for lovers. We also find a resurgence of sentimental themes of stars, hearts, and arrows.
Very scarce, one rarely sees a ring of these generous proportions and the double heart. The theme of the heart and crown dates back centuries, said to be one of Mary, Queen of Scots' emblems. A pair of superb cabochons of silvery blue moonstone have been carved into two wondrous heart forms nestled side by side. Each has been framed with a border of natural seed pearls. A crown or coronet of rose gold, seed pearls, and three (3) lustrous natural pearls as crown tips adorns the apex of the double hearts. Best described as breathtaking--the incoming rays of light refract inside the stone and scatter to create an iridescence that seems to dance across the surface of the gems.
Measures 15/16 of an inch across and 7/8 of an inch high (2.4 cm by 2.2 cm). In mint to excellent condition with one small surface abrasion on the right moonstone about 1/8 of an inch long visible with very close inspection or magnification; light surface wear overall as expected. Size 6 (UK L 1/4; Euro 16.5) but can be easily sized. Most likely English in origin; circa 1880 – 1890. Moonstones are extremely versatile; they go with any color as they take in the hues around them.