Edwardian 2.44ct Burma Sapphire with Old Mine Diamond Halo Ring

$25,000.00
About Details History

The most prized sapphires in the world originate from Kashmir, Sri Lanka (Ceylon sapphires) and Myanmar (Burma sapphires), and the best stones from the mines in these regions present characteristics and color specific to the area they came from. This one's a Burma sapphire. A fantastic, well-sized, high quality one. It's highlighted well within an Edwardian-era mounting with a double halo of 72 old cut diamonds in platinum and 18k yellow gold. The vast majority of sapphires you see are heat-treated to improve their color. But with untreated sapphires like this one, the natural depth and evenness of color / clarity in the stone is remarkable. It's what makes the stone highly valuable, and it's quite rare.  

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  • Materials: 2.44ct oval Burmese unheated sapphire, 64 old mine cut diamonds and 8 rose cut diamonds, approx. .75ctw. 18k yellow gold, platinum.  
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: excellent
  • Size: currently this ring is a US size 5.5, but it can be re-sized. 
  • Location: to see this ring in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. 

 

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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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About Details History

The most prized sapphires in the world originate from Kashmir, Sri Lanka (Ceylon sapphires) and Myanmar (Burma sapphires), and the best stones from the mines in these regions present characteristics and color specific to the area they came from. This one's a Burma sapphire. A fantastic, well-sized, high quality one. It's highlighted well within an Edwardian-era mounting with a double halo of 72 old cut diamonds in platinum and 18k yellow gold. The vast majority of sapphires you see are heat-treated to improve their color. But with untreated sapphires like this one, the natural depth and evenness of color / clarity in the stone is remarkable. It's what makes the stone highly valuable, and it's quite rare.  

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  • Materials: 2.44ct oval Burmese unheated sapphire, 64 old mine cut diamonds and 8 rose cut diamonds, approx. .75ctw. 18k yellow gold, platinum.  
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: excellent
  • Size: currently this ring is a US size 5.5, but it can be re-sized. 
  • Location: to see this ring in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. 

 

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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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