Voluptuous and rich in its materials this ancient meets modern treasure is a work of the craftsman's art. A handmade ring of recycled 22k gold holds a simply stunning, master cut, all natural, deep blue GIA Spinel from Tanzania. If that wasn’t enough, to wear 22-karat gold alone is an experience unto itself. Slightly malleable it creates the feeling of deference to its wearer. Over time taking on a subjective shine to your skin’s individual natural oils.
Some ancient mines that supplied gems for royal courts from Rome to China produced spinel, but it was usually confused with better-known stones like ruby and sapphire. These fine stones were the treasured property of kings and emperors, often passing through many hands as spoils of war. As a result, some of the world’s most illustrious “rubies” are actually spinel.
One of the most famous spinel examples is the so-called “Black Prince’s ruby.” This historic gem is set in England’s Imperial State Crown and displayed in the Tower of London. It first appeared in the historical records of fourteenth-century Spain, and was owned by a succession of Moorish and Spanish Kings before Edward, Prince of Wales—the “Black Prince”— received the stone in 1367 as payment for a battle victory.
Since then, many other English monarchs—including Henry VIII—have cherished the gem. It’s outlasted them all, surviving fires, attempted theft, and World War II bombing raids, to become—with the Koh-i-Noor diamond—one of the centerpieces of England’s Crown Jewels.
This ring is ready to ship! Scroll down to add to cart.
US Ring Size 5.75. This ring can be resized. Recycled 22k Gold. Handcrafted in NYC.
Center Stone: 8.75mm x 6.56mm All Natural Blue Spinel Cushion Cut (Tanzania) (GIA REPORT #5192719471)