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Fine Vintage Ruby and Diamond Harem Ring 5 Bands

Fine Vintage Ruby and Diamond Harem Ring 5 Bands

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1960: Item # 1270757
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In their excitement over a flurry of archeological finds and the new museums that welcomed everyone to see them, the Victorians "revived" just about every historical style over a couple of hectic decades in the mid-19th century. It's less known than the Egyptian, Etruscan, "Gothick", Renaissance or Rococo Revival, but the wonders of the Ottoman Empire soon had ladies lusting for harem rings -- and the passion never died! Victorian examples were succeeded by Edwardian and later creations, including this gorgeous ring from the first half of the 20th century. It may be antique already, by American 75-year standards, but we're calling it vintage since we can't be sure.

We can be pretty sure that the origin is Turkey, though, based on such details of its fabrication as the form of the fastener holding the bands together and the charming golden feathers framing each row of stones. Those "aigrette" shapes symbolize royalty -- evoking the egret plumes that were worn, ornamented by rubies and diamonds, on Ottoman sultans' turbans.

Fittingly, we have rubies and diamonds here, too: quite a lot of them. There are 25 gems in all, weighing in at a bit more than half a carat (0.53). Total weight of the ring is 38.1 carats (7.6 grams). The 9 brilliant-cut diamonds are set somewhat higher on the bands than the 16 mixed-cut rubies, which adds dimension and even more sparkle.

A ring otherwise comparable, but set entirely with garnets, no precious stones, is offered elsewhere online for $1,150, so this luxurious jewel is a particularly excellent value.

Part of a delightful collection consigned to us, it comes from a Texas estate and is in impressive condition, with no wear visible to the naked eye. Below a prong, well hidden from anyone except a gemologist with a microscope, one diamond has a tiny chip which should be mentioned. Current size is US 7.25-7.75, but a good jeweler could resize it, since the bands aren't ornamented at the back. (We state sizes as a range, because results from different types of measuring equipment can vary up to half a size, as our fingers also do with the time of day and temperature.),

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