This ring is beautifully handmade dating back to the 1890's or earlier. The moss agate has beautiful earth tones with mostly browns and oranges. It is bezel set with a very fine bezel and engraved frame. The shank has light engraving and the gallery has delicate cheneer tubing.
Agate is a quartz gemstone formed by weathered volcanic rocks. The orange in this stone comes from iron present in this mineral.
Gemstone: Agate more opaque than translucent
Cut: Oval Cabochon
Weight: 5.90 cts estimated weight
Measurements: 19 x 9.5 x 4.7 mm
Dimensions: 20.3 x 10.8 / 3.9-1.6 mm wide; 7.8 mm high off finger
Finger Size: 5.75
Metal: 18k pink gold
Condition Rating: 8 (the stone has light surface abrasions only seen under a microscope, the ring has been cleaned but not polished so the patina still remains, the stone is secure)
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Victorian Moss Agate 18k Gold Ring
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.