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Stone Set Upside Down
by: Anonymous

Just a quick comment about the stone being upside down...well, I had a classic three tier antique garnet ring and some of the small garnets needed to be replaced I took it too my jeweler who had the replaced garnets set upside down so, culet facing up, why? to resemble the old rose cuts of the other rose cut garnets in the ring.

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Alexandrite?
by: Anonymous

Looks like a possible Alexandrite? It is a very large stone...so maybe not. But that is what it looks like to me.

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Ring Update
by: PearlGirl

Several jewelers have examined my ring, and they all agree that the mounting is original and very old, but that the stone is most likely synthetic and was used to replace the original one. Two of them also feel that it was most likely a cameo based on the "shallowness" of the setting. At any rate, it's beautiful, and I enjoy wearing it!

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fogery ring russian
by: Anonymous

this ring is a common fake like the ones sold on ebay

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need help
by: linda

sythentic gemstones were only microscopic size at the turn of the century for those of you who would like to know. So the chances of it being real, once you verify when it was made and that the gem had not been replaced, become greater.

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Thanks Natasha & John
by: PearlGirl

Natasha & John,

Thank you for your comments and the nice compliments. I, too, think this ring is stunning and definitely unique. I posted a close-up photo of the hallmark on May 30th if you'd like to take a look.

I'm not sure how much the stone weighs, but it measures 13 mm. I doubt that it's authentic alexandrite because the colors range from purple/teal blue to violet/raspberry red. An authentic alexandrite changes from green to red.

I hope to have it appraised as soon as I find someone who specializes in antique (preferably Russian) jewelry. I'll keep you posted!

PG




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Russian Mark for Gold
by: John

Hi

just thought I might chime in, I don't know about the stone in this ring, although it does look impressive, however I do know that "z" is a russian mark for gold.
John

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Russian Gold Mark
by: John

Hi
just thought I'd chime in.
I don't know about the stone but I do know that
"z" is a Russian mark for gold.
Nice ring.

John



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Russian Hallmarks with a Hammer
by: Natasha

Pearlgirl

in my last comment I made a mistake in connection with the hammer.
If there is a hammer next to the right facing profile then the ring is post-russian revolution.
regards
Tasha



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Russian Hallmarks
by: Natasha

Pearlgirl

In Russia, two-digit numbers refer to zolotniks, which convert to thousandths, e.g., 56 = 583 (14k).

Between 1896 and 1908, the national mark was the left profile of a woman’s head wearing a diadem (“kokoshnik”).

From 1908 to 1917, a right-facing profile was used.

After the Russian Revolution, the mark was a right-facing worker’s profile with a hammer, and the fineness in thousandths.

So if you can see a what looks like a hammer next to the right facing profile your ring that would date it between 1908 - 1917.

If there is no hammer next to the profile the ring would have been assayed after the russian revolution. I hope this helps with the Russian hallmarks a bit.

BTW I think your ring is STUNNING! How much does that stone weigh?

If it was Russian alexandrite, it would be worth a fortune. It would be interesting to know when they first started using synthetic corundum. Good luck with your investigations.

Natasha


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