10kt Gold Russian Green & Clear Gemstone Ring, sz. 7.75, Andradite? Phenakite?
This is a very bright 10kt gold ring with an ethnic design of textured gold a single dark green stone that is believed to be demantoid/andradite that measures about 5.9mm across and about 4.mm deep for a total of about 1 ctw. It is a round cut and sits tall on the ring. There are bezel set clear stones in round and cat eye shaped and small stones set into the setting as well on the ends. These are possibly Phenakite. This was purported to be from Russia with stones found in Russia. It has a decorative raised band design that is tiered. I cannot test the stones in the refractometer because the prongs or setting sit higher than the stones and cannot be placed flat on the meter. It is possible too that they are synthetic but I am not sure. This came from the estate of a woman who traveled and it was believed to have been bought on a trip. It is marked 10kt gold. It is a signed 7.75. The width where the clear cat-eye shaped stones are is 5mm across The band is smooth on the lower sides with a slight raised ridge and tapers to 2.8 mm at the back. Weight is 2.87 grams. It tests as 10kt gold as well. This has a cultural/ethnic setting with the bright gold and the design that is unusual with the textured dotted like accents.
I have had this bright gold before and it seems it is always from either Russia, India, South Africa, or Israel. The green stone has a dichroic character in that when you look into the stone it seems to be darker and lighter green but it is quite possible it is reflecting the bright gold through the stone which is causing that. Emeralds are also found in Russia but this is too clean to be an emerald. The demantoid is a type of garnet that has great reflective characters like a diamond. It is in like new condition, very good with no wear that I could see. This was from appx. 1970-1990's. See photos. Lot. Loc. Win.10.23-3115.15X. WB548
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