ANTIQUE RUBY AND DIAMOND PEAR-SHAPED RING

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This very attractive ring, made probably around 1860, is set in the centre with a pear-shaped ruby, probably of Burmese origin, within a border of thirteen cushion-cut diamonds, in claw settings, with rose-cut diamond shoulders. The diamonds are set in silver - the only available white metal at the time - and the under-gallery and shank in yellow gold, tested as 18 carat. Wearable 19th century coloured gem ring are quite hard to come by, and this is a good example that would be a fine engagement ring - ruby being the colour of love and passion! Size M - American 6 - but can easily be re-sized up or down.