An antique five stone cats eye chrysoberyl gem ring
An antique five stone ring containing five graduating cats eye chrysoberyl stones, oval cabochon cut from 6x4mm to the centre stone 7x5mm, head 20x9mm, depth 6mm, weight 6.4grams. Tests as 18 carat gold. Size P but easily adjusted by our goldsmith 4 sizes each way thereafter a small charge. Gift box supplied.
Chrysoberyl is one of the lesser-known gemstones. The Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye was popular in the Victorian period then again in Mid-Century jewellery. The ideal coloring for this stone is described as "milk and honey" where honey forms the background colouring of the gem and the "milk" is the line of chatoyancy that travels across the stone causing it to shimmer
Crafted in thick and sturdy 18k gold, but not hallmarked, this ring lacks all embellishments because it holds a stone of the finest possible colouring, chatoyancy and translucency. It doesn't have diamonds because it doesn't need them. There is no maker's mark and I believe the ring to be of late Victorian period