This ring caught my eye because of the design and the teal blue color of the gemstone. The regal shape and cannetille wire work add an elegance around the simple step cut blue Fluorite. There is a hint of green gold located north, south, east and west of the stone giving a nice contrast to the rich gold color.
It has a rich, high karat gold color, uncharacteristic of 10k gold. The ring appears to have been plated with a higher karat gold to give it this appearance. The ring appears newer then it looks because of the recent gold plating but after evaluating it under magnification, the construction of the piece lends itself to being older then it appears.
Fluorite is an unusual stone that comes in all colors of the rainbow. Fluorite is the mineral form of calcium fluoride. It is rated a 4 in the Mohs hardness scale making it more vulnerable to scratches.
cut: Step Cut
weight: 1 = 2.75 cts estimated weight
measurements: 12.1 x 6.1 x 4.43 mm
clarity: eye clean with surface abrasions
color: bright teal blue
dimensions: 28.3 x 14.9 / 7.8-1.2 mm wide on shank / 5.6 mm high off finger
finger size: 4.75 on mandrel, fits like a 5 due to construction of ring
metal: 10k yellow & green gold
period: circa 1890's
weight: 3.5 grams
condition: 7 (stone has surface abrasions on the top, the ring appears to have been gold plated making it appear a higher karat gold then it is)
Antique Cannetille Ring with Step Cut Blue Fluorite in 10k Gold
Bracelets and rings get the most wear out of all the styles of jewelry. Make sure that your jewelry is professionally cleaned and your stones checked annually.
For gold rings, the higher the karat weight, the softer the metal will be, and the easier it will scratch. Frequent polishing is unecessary. Polishing your rings removes layers of metals and will thin it out through time.
The same goes with platinum, as it is a malleable and softer metal, yet denser, which makes it last longer. Platinum is also a white metal naturally and stays white, whereas white gold is yellow that has white alloys giving it a whiter appearance, but will never be as white as platinum.
For high value items, typically of $1,000, it is a good idea to have your pieces insured on your homeowners policy or with a separate insurer like Jewelers Mutual.