Gemstones were often used during the Victorian period and helped keep jewelry affordable for the mass market. Using gemstones for their natural beauty and not their worth was something that jewelers of the Aesthetics movement felt very passionate about. During the Late Victorian era, or Aesthetic period, jewelers used diamonds and feminine, bright gemstones such as sapphire, peridot, and spinel. This special ring features a north-south periwinkle chalcedony stone that, although resembles the popular sapphire hue, does not come around very often. Additionally, the gallery features scrolling goldwork that turns heads.
Chalcedony is cryptocrystalline quartz. It is semitransparent to opaque and, depending on its color, chalcedony is further divided into several varieties. All varieties of chalcedony were very popular in Victorian jewelry. This variety of chalcedony is most likely chrysocolla due to its blue hue.
Chrysocolla, with associations of tranquility, peace, intuition, patience, and unconditional love, is known as a healing stone among Native American cultures where it has been used to strengthen the body's resistance to illness and emotional duress.
Materials and Features: 18k gold, chalcedony
Age/Origin: English, c. 1880-1890
Measurements: Size 5, 3 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.