A Mid-Victorian Gold Bangle with Burma Rubies and Old Cut Diamonds
A mid-Victorian yellow gold bangle with blue enamel covering the exterior of the bracelet and the gold still visible inside and underneath. This bangle is set with Burma rubies of excellent colour and old cut diamonds.
Ruby = 0.93 carats, Diamonds = 1 carat, H-I
Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has long been a lucrative source of the finest rubies in the world. As a result Burmese gem mines have a rich history. The earliest Burmese historiography was written in the 11th century and features a ruby the size of a hen’s egg, which was anonymously returned to one vanquished king by the very one who had defeated him. Rubies were thus used as symbols of power and luck, frequently present in royal insignia in India to England. Rubies from Burma react well to natural sunlight; the rays will illuminate the stone and cause it to ‘sing’, but should not wash out the colour itself.
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