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Midcentury Planetary Signet Ring

$2,200

Navaratna is a Sanskrit compound word meaning (among other things) "nine gems". The history and significance of these gems are linked to mythological concepts around cosmology and astrology. According to Lindsay's research, ruby represents the sun, pearl = moon, sapphire = Saturn, citrine/yellow sapphire = Jupiter, hessonite = ascending node, cat's eye = descending node, white topaz = Venus, green tourmaline = Mercury, rose quartz (in theory this should be red coral representing Mars, so this is either a customization or a replacement but rose quartz is associated with both the Sun and Venus). We see similarities here to the coveted "Planetary Rings" made in the Georgian and Victorian eras, where different colored stones represent different planets. Made in 22k gold c. 1950.

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  • Materials

    22k gold (tests), 3mm ruby, 3mm hessonite garnet, 3mm citrine, 3mm rose quartz, 3mm cats eye chrysoberyl, 3mm pearl, 3mm green tourmaline, 3mm white topaz, 3mm sapphire

  • Age

    c. 1950

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    8, can be resized within reason; 1.22cm head, 6.5mm shank

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19351945

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.