Antique Ruby Ring....mid to late 1800's

I inherited a ring from a relative who died more than 40 years ago. I don't recall ever meeting her, but I am told that she was very wealthy. Given the era in which she lived, and research about the J.H. Henkes company, I believe the ring is likely from the mid to late 1800's.

It has alway been referred to as a ruby, but I do not know for sure that it is. The ring is still in its original box, from J.H. Henkes in Vincennes, Indiana. The inside is engraved with "08 10k." I have no idea if it is real or synthetic; the latter of which I hear was relatively common, especially during the late 1800's.

I understand there are many factors that affect a gemstone's worth....size, clarify, etc. But....Do you have any idea about how much it might be worth? What is the best approach to getting a reliable estimate....jeweler, antique dealer, other?

Thanks so much for lending your time and expertise.

Rebecca Phillips

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