Antique Victorian 5 Stone Ruby and Diamond Ring in 18k Gold - Natural Rubies

She wore rubies. Not diamonds, no nothing as pedestrian as that. Not sapphires, for though they had appeal she knew in her heart of hearts that she was a rare gem indeed and only the most rare and sought after was good enough for her. So, she sought out that most elusive castle in the air, the pure and untreated ruby, a stone that was pulled from the ground with this color, already so fiery it seemed hot to the touch. This was her ring. 

Rubies this exceptional do not cross my path (or anyone else's for that matter) every day, so when I had this one in my hand and it was hit by the early morning light through the conservatory roof, well, I about fell out of my chair! Five all natural and amazing rubies are set into a traditional five stone ring studded with rose cut diamonds. This style of ring with it’s wonderful richly carved sides and shoulders was very popular in the late Victorian era. These stones are truly stunning, they are a true bright red in color, rich and deep and they are wonderfully cut and faceted to catch the light and turn it the brightest, deepest red. Looking at these you can truly understand why this stone is sometimes referred to as 'pigeon's blood'. 

Handcrafted in 18 karat yellow gold in about 1900, this ring would surely have belonged to someone quite important, most likely it was even custom made for this important someone (who may well have been a man or a woman). It is in excellent condition and the stones all appear to be original and beautifully matched. I estimated the total weight of the rubies in the mount at 2.2 carats. The center stone is measured at 6.1x4.5x2.2 mm and weighs about .6 carats, the next two are .55 each and the end stones about .25 carats each. These appear to be natural, untreated Burma rubies. The full appraised value of this ring is $8,000 USD. Untreated rubies are rare and knowing that these gorgeous stones came out of the ground just as they are with no enhancements gives this ring an extra layer of cachet, a quality noticeable even to the untrained eye.

The ring is a size 6.5 US and measures 7.2 mm north to south and 19 mm across, it weighs 6 grams. It would be difficult to re-size this ring up or down by very much, if you’re curious let me know your size and I’ll ask my jeweler if it can be done. It is marked with '18ct'.

This would make a very meaningful and unusual engagement ring. When I have it on my finger, I find it simply impossible to take my eyes off of it. Perhaps she's got a sentimental streak? Rubies have been associated with love and matters of the heart throughout the ages. 

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