Antique Gold, Diamond and Burma Ruby Brooch
A charming antique diamond and Burmese ruby brooch, circa 1890s. Designed as two overlapping circles set with diamonds and rubies. Mounted in yellow gold. Total ruby weight 2.30 carats. Total diamond weight 3 carats. Length 3cm (=1.2 inches). Weight 8.5g.
Proverbs 31:10 compares the value of a good wife with rubies: “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies”. This biblical text is a testament to the high value rubies have held for millennia in human culture. Rubies have also had a glittering collection of noble admirers from the 14th century French king, John II to Elizabeth Taylor, whose collection included several spectacular ruby pieces that were sold by Christie’s auction house for record prices in 2011.
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