Earthy Mid 20th Century Variscite Ring with Rope Decor in 14k Gold
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A substantially-made, mid 20th century ring, modeled in 14k yellow gold, set with a lovely, earthy-green, Variscite specimen. This bezel-set cabochon looks like the rare and beloved material that used to come from the Damele mine— the gem's pooling figuring is beautiful, giving the impression of a planet viewed from space! This ring is a classic form, with minimal decoration— its undergallery is slightly bulbous, and its shoulders and bezel are decorated, simply, with bands of rope-like, twisted wire. The ring's half-round shank tapers toward the base. This is soulful, grounding, and easy-wearing.
We have left the Variscite gem in its original state of polish (slightly matte) to honor its time-worn aesthetic. If you prefer the gem re-polished, please inquire.
1940 - 1950
This ring can be resized; to add resizing to your order (US 5 to US 8 1/2), visit our services section.
Ring head measures approx 18 x 14.35 mm; cabochon measures approx 12.1 x 16.1 x 5.4 mm; ring shank measures approx 5.1 mm at the shoulder and tapers to approx 2.1 mm at the base.
Variscite is a mineral very closely related to turquoise. It is usually mined alongside the more familiar gemstone, and it is often misidentified as green turquoise. Variscite is relatively rare, and it presents in a range of vibrant green colors— the green coloration is the result of the presence of small amounts of trivalent chromium.