Georgian Portuguese Emerald & Diamond Ring

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Georgian Portuguese Emerald & Diamond Ring

1,900.00

Metal: 18K Gold & Silver

Stones: Emerald & Diamonds

Size: 6.25

Era: 1750-1770

What You Should Know: Stones are Foiled. 

*This Ring Can Be Resized.

When Spaniards traveled to the New World, they essentially thought they hit the jackpot regarding emeralds. In the 16th century, a famous historian wrote of the vivid green gem and the people of South America. “They burned gold and emeralds before images of the Sun and Moon, their highest divinities.” Emeralds were so precious to the native people, and seemingly so valuable the people of Spain (and later independize Portugal), that boatloads were brought back to Europe. Emeralds dominated the Spanish market for quite some time, making a frequent appearance in the opulent jewelry designs of the royal and rich. Queen Amelie of Portugal wore a bib necklace comprised of huge emeralds, an extravagant accessory alongside her even more impressive emerald tiara.

 

This Georgian Era emerald and diamond ring may not be as sizable as the aforementioned crown jewels but we’d like to say it rivals them in beauty. A foiled back table cut emerald is flanked by a trilogy of diamonds set in silver on either side. We are especially attracted to the contrast of the soft buttery gold against the lushness of the deep green emerald and icy natural diamonds. With a classic scrolling detailed shank, this 18th century ring is an antique dream.

 

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