4.21ct Burma Ruby, 4.38ct Ceylon Sapphire and 2.92ct Colombian Emerald Gypsy Ring

A wonderfully colourful gold and gem-set Gypsy ring by Hancocks set to the centre with a beautiful oval Burmese ruby cabochon weighing 4.21cts set vertically between a 2.29ct oval cabochon Colombian emerald and a 4.38ct oval cabochon Ceylon sapphire, both placed horizontally and all rubover set within a wide tapering 18ct yellow gold band with polished finish. This richly coloured and really rather joyful ring is set with a beautiful example of the each of these three coloured gems. The cabochon style of cut allows the saturated colours to really be appreciated to the full and all are enhanced by the simple setting in the warmth of yellow gold.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials4.21ct Burmese ruby cabochon unheated
4.38ct Ceylon sapphire cabochon
2.92ct Colombian emerald cabochon all three with certificate from the Gem & Pearl Laboratory
Condition ReportNew
Setting18ct yellow gold with maker's mark and London assay marks
Weight description15 grams
DimensionsUK finger size P, US size 7.5
12mm wide centre front tapering to 6mm wide cente back

Directors Notes

Rubies mined in Burma have long been held as the absolute ideal in terms of colour for a ruby, they are an exceptionally beautiful rich deep red with neither too much brown nor pink in it.  The term ‘pigeon’s blood’ has historically been used in an attempt to define this colour that is found in the best examples produced by this region. The Mogok Valley in Upper Burma (now known as Myanmar) has been the world’s primary ruby source for centuries and the origins of the mines are swathed in mystery and legend. What is certain is that references to these gems have been found dating back to the Shan Dynasty in the 6th Century.  The mines were taken over by the King of Burma in 1597 and all rubies over a certain size had to be given to him on discovery rather than sold. Today there are many different mines in the area both privately owned and government run. New deposits were found in the Mong Hsu area of the country in the 1990’s and more recently a new source has been discovered in the northern region of Namya.


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