The Hope Spinel’s history is every bit as colorful as its lustrous rose hue. Often confused for a ruby-although the spinel has fewer inclusions-the plum-size gemstone was mined from the ancient Kuh-i-Lal mines in Tajikistan and acquired by London banker Henry Philip Hope in the 1800s.
After Hope’s death,his gemstone collection (which comprised over 700 pieces, including the Hope Diamond, the world’s largest deep-blue diamond) became ensnared in a 10-year inheritance feud between two of his nephews. The courts eventually decided that the younger nephew would keep the majority of the collection, while his older brother Henry Thomas would inherit the eigho of the most valuable stones, including the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond and the 50.13-carat Hope Spinel.
After Thomas’s death, his widow bequeathed the jewles to her second grandson, who was eventually forced to sell them because of fniancial woes.
The octagonal-cut stone, set in a silver-and-gold brooch and mounted within a wreath of shimmering diamonds, is now going to sale for the first time in nearly 100 years. When it was last auctioned off in 1917, the flawless gemstone fetched £1,060-the equivalent of over $100,000 today.
Extremely Rare “VS1 Clarity” and Vivid “Crimson Red Color” (said to be the ultimate red color for a ruby), GIA Certified 2.22 Carat Natural Ruby & Diamond Solid 14k White Gold Engagement Cocktail Ring.
As noted in the GIA Certification, this world class ruby specimen is unheated with the most sought after Crimson Red color found only in the finest of genuine rubies.
Unheated rubies are among the most prized rubies in the world.
The one of a kind 1.12 carat genuine ruby is set with a generous 1.10 carats of extra fine quality near flawless to eye clean VVS1-SI1 clarity colorless & near colorless F-G round brilliant diamonds all set in a gorgeous solid 14k gold custom made designer art deco setting.
Superb quality and sublime elegance collector’s grade GIA Certified unheated crimson ruby ring.
Like other gems with unique histories, the opal, October’s birthstone, is filled with a rich narrative past. Through ancient times and different cultures, this intriguingly mysterious and fiery stone, with its vivid hue that changes depending on the light and type, has been thought of as magical. Opal jewelry has weathered superstitions of bad luck, along with the ups and downs of fashion, to become one of the most widely loved gems by antique jewelry aficionados and modern jewelry designers alike.
The word opal derived its name from “opalus”, which means “to see a change in color”. The Romans prized opals, ranking them second only to emeralds, and believed them to bring the owner good fortune. The Romans also believed these gems symbolized hope and purity. Pliny, the Roman scholar, wrote of the opal: “There is in them a softer fire than the ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst, and the sea green of the emerald – all shining together in incredible union.”
The Ancient Greeks believed that opals brought foresight and prophecy, while Arab cultures thought opals fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning, which is what imbued them with their changing colors. Although there were also connotations of ill fortune attributed to the gem, it wasn’t until the 19th century that opals dramatically fell out of favor for two reasons
The first is a story of a cursed opal that King Alfonso XII of Spain received in a ring from a vengeful comtesse he had previously courted. After giving the opal ring to his wife, she died unexpectedly. The ring was passed down through generations and each new owner also died mysteriously. The depressed king decided to wear it himself, and he also died shortly afterwards.
But at the same time, cholera had reached epidemic proportions, killing more than 100,000 people from all class levels, which was most likely the real reason for these untimely deaths.
The other, more widely known, story is that opals had a reputation for bringing bad luck to the wearer if it was not their birthstone.
Sir Walter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein, in which an opal hair ornament brought catastrophe to its owner, is said to have started this superstition. After a huge discovery of opal was made in Australia, a British Territory, in 1870, Queen Victoria wore opal jewelry to dispel the superstition. She also presented her friends and five daughters with gifts of fine opals. It was Tullie Cornthwaite Wollaston, born in South Australia in 1863, who introduced Australian opals to the rest of the world.
By the later part of that period, opals were being designed into all categories of jewelry such as classic five stone Victorian rings, opal brooches set into lockets and later, in Edwardian times, in lavalieres with delicate garland surrounds. Art Nouveau saw the artistry of mixing various types of opals into one piece.
Opals range from cool to warm in color. There are the more common flecked blue/green variations, and Mexican fire opals that range from deep yellow to orange to pale red. The vivid rainbow-effect of Australian Boulder opals have become one of the most widely sought after, while the most luxurious are the fine, mysterious black opals with pops of blue, pink and violet.
The Superstitious History of Opal Jewelry
Sri Lanka’s gem industry has a very long and colorful history. Sri Lanka was affectionately known as Ratna-Dweepa which means Gem Island. The name is a reflection of its natural wealth. Marco Polo wrote that the island had the best sapphires, topazes, amethysts, and other gems in the world.
Hope this helps you to get a very basic understanding of Sri Lankan Gemstone Industry.
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This mesmerizing princess cut diamond ring will astonish you with its outstanding brilliance, quality and superb detail!
It is accented by a row of round brilliant cut diamonds pave set around it, on all three sides of the shank and around the center basket, which is elegantly designed with a beautiful filigree detail in the center.
This ring is made in high polish 18k white gold. Amazing from every angle!
Gala Princess Cut and Pavé Diamond Eternity Ring in 18k White Gold (6.5 ct. tw.) at Perfectly elegant, this extraordinary 18k white gold eternity ring showcases princess cut diamonds that are expertly matched and set between a brilliant pavé diamond channel.
A Gorgeous 26.92 carat Oval Spinel Ring at Graff Diamonds
The beauty of spinels was officially recongnized in the 18th century and they have been loved since for their vibrancy and tenacity in colour. This one-of-a-kind ring showcases a stunningly dramatic 26.92 carat oval spinel framed by a halo of pear shapped diamond.
GIA 3.88ct. Natural Unheated Spinel Diamond Ring Top Vivid Red Color VVS Clear Clarity. GIA Certified (please see attached) Amazing Trilliant cut & full faceted. Beautiful Vibrant Red sparkles throughout Transparency A+ Side diamonds: 1.00ct. Brilliant sparkling Round cuts Full cuts F/G color, Vs-2 clarity
GIA Certified Amazing Brilliant oval cut full faceted.
Beautiful Vibrant Red sparkles throughout
Collector’s Prized 3.61 Carat GIA Certified “Unheated & Untreated” Natural Sapphire & Diamond Cocktail Ring.
This exquisite gem has near flawless VVS2 clarity, unheated status and an exotic “Violetish Blue” color.
The one of a kind 2.40 carat Sapphire is elegantly accented by a generous 50 big size hand cut and hand set near flawless to eye clean VS2-SI1 clarity fine quality colorless to near colorless F-G color diamonds in a spectacular custom design totaling a generous 1.21 carats.
An ageless symbol of love, elegance, beauty and sincerity, the Swan becomes a dazzling guardian of time in this delightful jewelery timepiece from Graff.
A graceful guardian of time, the spectacular Swan watch floats serenely upon a beautifully sculptural diamond bracelet, featuring one exquisitely-crafted wing which slides open to reveal a ‘secret’ delicate watch face.
The true pinnacle of elegance and horological luxury, this stunning jewel featurels no less than 900 shimmering diamonds totalling over 54.7 carats.
Clou White Diamond Dinner Watch
Clou White Diamond Dinner Watch with illuminated digital date & time display, is a luxurious dinner timepiece for the ultimate in elegant style. Featuring 42mm round stainless steel body encrusted with total 8.63ctw pavé set diamonds (1044pcs), which include 1024pcs white diamonds 01.20mm (SI2, H~I color, Full cut) and 20pcs white diamonds 01.00mm (SI2, H~I color, Full cut). Exclusive Pearl Ray Indio-Pacific stingray watch strap with buckle closure.
Chanel J12 White Ceramic 33 mm. Diamond Bezel and Bracelet Quartz Watch – H1420
This Chanel J12 Diamonds watch, is made for Women, with a Quartz movement, 33 mm. White Ceramic case, White Dial dial and a White Ceramic With Diamonds (320 / 2,14 ct) strap. Chanel J12 Diamonds watch model number H1420 is brand new , and comes in the original box.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Silver Dial White Gold Ladies Watch
18kt white gold case with a 18kt white gold bracelet. Fixed 18kt rose gold bezel set with 68 diamonds. Silver dial with white gold hands and index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Date display at the 6 o’clock position. Automatic movement with a 40 hour power reserve. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Pull / push crown. Exhibition case back. Case diameter: 36.5 mm. Case thickness: 9.15 mm. Round case shape. Hidden folding clasp. Water resistant at 30 meters / 100 feet. Functions: date, hour, minute, second. Luxury watch style. Item Variations: X85G7267. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Silver Dial White Gold Ladies Watch 85515CA1G-9841.
A Gorgeous Selection of Ruby and Diamond Jewelry. The vibrant reds contrast the sparkling white diamonds. The allure of the red ruby has been existed since the dawn of civilization. Rubies have signified beauty and power for many ancient civilizations. We have selected a few gorgeous pieces from master jewelers ranging from Graff Diamonds to Van Cleef & Arpels.
A truly unique piece, it took Graff’s expert team of designers, gemologist and Master Craftsmen months to complete this striking jeweled cuff, featuring over 174 carats of richly colored rubies and exquisite white diamonds, with a vibrant 5.01 carat ruby positioned at its heart. Diamonds 83.91cts, Rubies 84.61cts
14K yellow gold ruby and diamond bracelet. This bracelet is adorned with 11 oval faceted Burma rubies with a total weight of 14.30cts. The rubies are type II, moderately to heavily included with a medium dark to strong red color. Additionally, this bracelet has 275 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 3.22cts. Diamonds are SI-2 to I1 in clarity, H/I in color.
Gorgeous 12.01 Ct Ruby Bracelet with pave diamond 5.39 Ct at The Natural Sapphire Company
Ruby and Half-Moon Diamond Halo Ring in Platinum and 18k Yellow Gold (2.24 ct)
Uniquely stunning, this gemstone ring showcases a lively, 2.24 carat oval ruby and two brilliant half-moon diamonds surrounded by halo of pavé-set round diamonds framed in platinum and 18k yellow gold. The exquisite ruby is a scarce, non-heated gemstone. Purchase is accompanied by an AGL Prestige Gemstone Report.
6.40 Carat Oval Cut Ruby & Diamond Gold Ring This highly imaginative ruby and diamond ring was designed to capture your attention. Its impressive styling is highlighted by a gorgeous, genuine oval cut ruby with a massive weight of 4.00 carats. This exceptional ruby has a rich and intense color hue that will leave you breathless. Surrounding the colorful centerpiece are glittering round cut diamonds and baguette cut diamonds. The round diamonds have a total weight of .30 carats while the baguettes have a total combined weight of 2.10 carats. The diamonds range in clarity from Vs2-Si1 with a color grade ranging from H-I. This unique and inspirational ring is made of 18kt. yellow gold with a total gold weight of 12.50 grams.
Set in white gold, the Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace features rubies, diamonds, and cultured pearls. The Zip necklace’s history begins in the late 1930s when the Duchess of Windsor suggested that a zipper be used as inspiration for a jewelry piece. The Zip design can be worn two ways, as a necklace or closed as a bracelet.
The Van Cleef & Arpels Zip earrings with diamonds and pear-shaped rubies were created for the “Timeless Beauty”
The Van Cleef & Arpels Vermillion earrings feature two matched oval-cut rubies from Tanzania weighing 13.33 and 13.83 carats. The rubies are set in white gold with diamond prongs and pear-shaped and marquise-cut diamond surround.
The Silk Road Dancer clip combines the grace of Van Cleef & Arpels’ ballerina-inspired jewels with an homage to the Chinese dance drama: Along the Silk Road. The dancer’s ruby skirt was created using the Mystery Setting technique, which was patented by the company in 1933.