The Georgian Emerald & Diamond Memorial Ring

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The Georgian Emerald & Diamond Memorial Ring

1,650.00

Metal: 18K Gold & Sterling Silver

Stone: Emerald & Diamond

Era: 1760

Size: 7.5

What you Should Know: Temporary re-sizer has been removed. Ring has been previously resized. Memorial inscription is completely worn down in back of shank. 

*This ring is not resizable. 

In the 1500’s, around the same time as the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, there was a Peruvian city named Manta. The people who lived in Manta worshipped a giant emerald the size and shape of an ostrich egg. She was named Umina and she was kept in a secret hiding place inside of a Temple. Umina was only brought out on her “feasting days” which was when the people of Manta could worship her and bring her offerings. Umina’s offerings were always the same.. smaller emeralds thought to be her daughters.

When the Spaniards captured Manta, luckily Umina was safe in her private undisclosed place of rest. The conquistadors gathered hundreds of emeralds, Umina's daughters, and smashed them on anvils. They mistakenly believed authentic emeralds wouldn’t be destroyed in the process, and sadly they were quite wrong. Legend has it that Umina survived, and continues to be the mother of all of the earth’s emeralds.

One of Umina’s offspring made it into this striking Georgian memorial ring. A step cut emerald creates a splendid center stone, set in silver. It was common practice at the time to set stones in silver and then fashion them to a gold shank, just like this ring. The deep green gem has four mirror like rose cut diamonds on either side and a band inscribed with black enamel. It’s a handsome memorial ring, with a bright, vivid ancient emerald. 

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