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    Sale 1350

    Magnificent Jewels

    15 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 264

    AN ANTIQUE ALEXANDRITE AND ENAMEL RING

    Price Realised  

    AN ANTIQUE ALEXANDRITE AND ENAMEL RING
    Set with a square-shaped alexandrite to the lavender enamel tapered gold band, circa 1890, ring size 8, with St Petersburg assay mark for 22 carat gold (1908-1917), in a fitted red leather case


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    This ring is set with an alexandrite, marks this as a quintessentially Russian jewel. The gem was discovered in the Ural Mountains in the early 1930s, purportedly on the day of the coming of age of the young Tsarevitch Alexander II, and was so named in his honour. These original Russian deposits were the first locality for this rare colour-changing stone, and although they only produced for a few, short-lived years, gained a long-term reputation.