The Georgian Topaz Ring

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The Georgian Topaz Ring

1,600.00

Metal: 15K Gold & Silver

Stones: Topaz

Size: 5.5

Era: 1740

Face Size: Approx. 6mm x 4mm

What You Should Know: Ring is in great condition. Stone is Foiled and shows different shades of yellow depending on lighting. Avoid wearing in water.

*This Ring Can Be Resized.

In the mid 19th century, a mine in Brazil was discovered that produced numerous amounts of impressive topaz. But prior to this finding, topaz was considered a very rare and precious gemstone. One of November’s birthstones, yellow topaz, even has ancient roots. Historians believe the word topaz derives from the name of an island in the Red Sea, Topazos now St. John’s, where similarly colored stones were found, though now we know these were in fact peridot. Others believe its name was extracted from the Sanskrit “tapas”, meaning fire. The association with fire carried over to other cultures throughout history. Ancient Egyptians believed the stone belonged to Ra and Romans associated it to Jupiter; both Gods of the Sun. 

During the Georgian Era, topaz was still considered scarce and the color just as mesmerizing as it was in antiquity. This 18th century ring was created around the stone it would house. An incredibly sunny colored table cut topaz was hand cut into an octagonal shape and set into a simple facing setting. The structure of the ring is classically Georgian, with a pinched closed backside. The shoulders of this beauty taper off with bead-like textured details into a smooth golden shank. 

This sunny ring is extraordinarily special not only because of its beauty, but the centuries of history that dwells within. 

 

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