A spectacular accessory for all the pink clothing so fashionable now, this lovely antique ring looks like it's worth several times the price -- which was very much the idea when it was made. Bands in this "crossover" style were introduced near the start of the Edwardian era, but the graceful form stayed in favor for decades, so they're often difficult to date; however, the use of 10k gold here makes 1930s origin most likely. That the tourmaline and diamonds are laboratory versions actually points less to the Depression years, since good synthetics were widely used in very expensive jewelry during the Art Deco boom years. Synthetics aren't "fakes" like glass; they're engineered to duplicate the chemical properties of natural stones so faithfully that even expert jewelers must perform sophisticated tests to identify them.
From a New York estate, this beauty must have been carefully stored away for a very long time. The stones are pristine; I can't find a scuff on them anywhere, and it takes high magnification to notice even slight surface wear to the gold. Current size is US 6.25 - 6.75, easily altered since the back of the shank is unadorned. We state sizes as a range, because different types of measuring equipment vary up to half a size, as do our fingers with temperature and time of day.
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