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Dramatic Vintage Amethyst Cocktail Ring

Dramatic Vintage Amethyst Cocktail Ring

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This ring snuck up on me - not my usual style, either for myself or for the shop - and yet the second I slipped it on, I almost couldn't bear the thought of selling it. Shout it from the rooftops bold, breathtaking with only two materials, a knuckle duster that is insanely comfortable - this ring is truly a dream. A broad, wide band in rich gold with shimming florentine finishing holds a vivid amethyst with just the faintest pink undertones to its rich purple. Minimal prongs let the stone and band shine into focus, and subtle natural inclusions in the amethyst (those "tiger stripe" squiggles that are uniquely characteristic of this particular gemstone) remind you that this sublime ring is indeed of this earthly plane.

While many of us associate rich purples with royalty (Kassia St Clair writes beautifully about the history behind this in The Secret Lives of Colour), amethyst is particular was associated with divinity, and regularly used in both royal and religious jewelry. The ancient Greeks both associated the stone with Dionysus and believed that it could prevent drunkenness - all fitting given that this ring legitimately makes me feel drunk with power.

Very good vintage condition, with very minimal wear.

• 10k gold, stamped and tested
• Size 6 3/8, though fits closer to 6.25 due to width, and can be resized within reason
• One natural amethyst pear shaped measuring approximately 13mm x 8mm x 5mm (approximately 2.50-2.60ct)
• Rise of ring is 5.4mm, band at face of ring is 11mm wide and 1mm thick; tapered in back to 4.8mm wide and 0.9mm thick
• 5.5g
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