This Turquoise ring is over 100 years old. This turquoise is set in an 18k yellow gold bezel which is elegantly framed in an engraved scalloped edge in 18k white gold. The low profile under gallery is in 18k yellow gold and the back of the shank is hallmarked with the french hallmarks in 2 areas.
Turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones, names after the french word "turquois" for Turkey in the 17th Century. This gemstone is believed to bring good fortune.
Gemstones: Natural Persian Turquoise
measurements: 12 x 9.2 x 5 mm
shape: oval double cabochon
Dimensions: 18.9 x 14.6 mm / the shank measures 7 - 1.3 mm wide
Metal: 18k white and yellow gold
Markings: eagle head & makers mark on the outside of the shank
Weight: 2.8 grams
Condition: 8 (turquoise has a nice polish, the mounting has not been polished so as not to remove gold from the makers marks)
Edwardian Turquoise Ring French Hallmarked Victorian 18k White and Yellow 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.