A 4.6 Carats Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring, Circa 1910s
A 4.60 carats Colombian emerald & diamond ring. A step-cut emerald surrounded by single-cut diamonds on the shoulders of a platinum mount. This is a wonderful antique design perfect for an engagement ring, the emerald is also accompanied by a Gubelin certificate stating it’s Colombian with no indication of treatment. Circa 1910. Size = L½
The name ‘emerald’ was not used in England until the 16th century and has its roots in Latin, ‘smaragdus’, and the later mediaeval; ‘esmerande’, ‘emerande’ and ‘esmeralde’. All of these names refer to the deep green colour of the stone.
The Edwardian period has been named after the fun loving ‘Bertie’, King Edward VII of England. During the short, and long-awaited, reign of Queen Victoria’s eldest son Bertie, ‘La Belle Epoque’ produced a spectacular array of jewellery. Jewellery makers were fuelled by Queen Alexandra’s (1844-1925) trendsetting love of extravagant jewels.
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