Full circle “Collette” Georgian inspired vintage Ruby Gemstone band ring
A full circle collet-set band ring created with specialty picked vintage Rubies from our family collection mounted in our uniquely designed *oxidized silver topped 22 kt gold. Additionally, each of the ten gemstones are further secured with six small eagle-claw platinum prongs which is a twist for this Georgian band design but also serves as a better more secured setting for the vintage Rubies.
This ring is set with ten alternate round & elongated cushion shaped vintage Rubies weighing a total weight of 2.89 carats.
10 natural Rubies, 2.89 carats total
Oxidized silver, 22kt gold and Platinum, 3.6222 grams.
Ring size: 5¾ us
Price: USD 3,500
*Silver-topped gold was a standard setting practice originating around the middle of the 18th century – middle of the Georgian Era – which allowed silver setting to be backed by gold, the reason for this metal combination comes from the fact that silver alone would tarnish and if in contact with fabric or skin could leave discoloration-marks and/or stains. The gold does not oxidize and therefore would leave no marks.
This setting process continued to be practiced until the latter part of the 18th century when technology allowed the use of platinum for jewelry creations.
Oxidizing silver is a process where we treat sterling silver to a liquid called liver of sulfur. The silver’s reaction transforms the outer layer into a dark patinated appearance which simply accelerates the natural silver tarnishing process. A controlled process application will allow a range of subtle spectral-color glares to be noticeable such as blues, reds, greens and more.
Over time and depending on the amount of wear you give your rings, the oxidized finish will change creating the look and feel Antique jewels usually display. As a general note, oxidized silver jewelry should not be cleaned with jewelry cleaning dips or polishing which can strip the blackened patinated surface. For cleaning, use a mild dish detergent and soft toothbrush with as little rubbing as possible.