Green Jade Filigree Ring
Antique European ring
MAGNIFICENT JADEITE OF FINE TRANSLUCENCY & BRIGHT EMERALD GREEN TONE
This jade, deep DECO filigree ring, ca. 1880's - 1930's, is expertly carved.
Cultivated by the Chinese for over two thousand years It is therefore appropriate that this magnificent jadeite material has been transformed into a work of art in the form of a spectacular filigree mounting.
The intense, translucent VIVID apple green mosque color is rich and even throughout. Indicative of the high quality pieces of the era appear to glow from within.
The ring's 18 karat yellow gold frame is intricately detailed with engraved scrolls on the frame face while elegant millgrain edged filigree work trails down the sides. The ring band is engraved nearly all the way around and is shaped to conform to the wearers finger. The original Victorian ring has no cracks or chips- it is in excellent condition. .
JADE is 16.2 millimeters / 9.6 millimeters / 5.2 millimeters
= Approximately 12.36 carat
SIZE 5 1/4
The ring can be sized.
18 karat Gold - 4.02 grams
MARK => 18K T.
Genuine vintage, antique, estate piece. Retail gallery price $45000. Museum quality work of art.
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Jadeite, the only cryptocrystalline precious stone, is composed of numerous tiny crystals which interlock to a greater or lesser degree, absorbing light so that the stone becomes increasingly opaque as it grows in thickness.
The production of a jadeite cabochon that shows a high degree of translucency and purity while retaining desirable thickness, requires the most perfect texture, zhong, and the highest cutting skill, making the cabochon extremely rare. These features, which are measured by observing the degree to which light can penetrate the stones, reveal high water content, shui fen, and fine ground, zhi di.
The finer the crystal structure of the material, the more even and transparent the fashioned piece will be. Light passes evenly throughout the cabochon, revealing an absolute purity that is free from flaws and lucent as the morning sunlight. Combined with a vitreous translucency, the stones radiate a remarkable depth of colour, a brilliant emerald green so typical of top quality jade. The cabochon is also impressive for grand sizes. It is extremely difficult to find a large cabochon of such graceful proportions, matching in translucency and purity, and in evenness and brilliancy of colour. Internally luminous and clear, these perfectly-formed jadeite cabochon domes are simply outstanding
Properties of Jadeite Jade
Various shades of green, lavender, white, colorless, brown, orange
|Specific Gravity||3.34 (+ 0.06, ?0.09)|
|Refractive Index||1.666?1.680 (?0.008); spot RI 1.66; birefingence usually not measurable|
|Optic Character||DR, Biaxial; aggregate polariscope reaction|
|Spectrum||Generally line at 437 nm; Cr-green may have lines at 630, 655, 690 nm|
|Crystal System||Monoclinic; occurs as massive polycrystalline aggregates|
|Fracture||Granular to splintery|
|Handling||No special care needed for untreated jadeite; treated jadeite may be damaged by ultrasonic and/or steam cleaning; solvents, acids|
|Most jadeite is wax dipped; some jadeite is dyed and/or bleached and then polymer-impregnated.|
|Synthetic available?||Yes, but quite rare in the market|
|Chinese jade nomenclature (Based on Ho, 1996)|
|Yu||Chinese word for jade|
|Ying yu||?Hard jade? or jadeite|
|Fei-ts'ui (feicui)||?Kingfisher? jadeite|
|Lao keng||?Old mine? jadeite ? fine texture|
|Jiu keng||?Relatively old mine? jadeite ? medium texture|
|Xin keng||?New mine? jadeite ? coarse texture|
|Ying||Jadeite type with the highest luster and transparency|
|Guan yin zhong||Semi-translucent, even, pale green jadeite|
|Hong wu dong||Lesser quality than guan yin zhong, with a pale red mixed with the green|
|Jin si zhong||?Golden thread? jadeite: A vivid green color is spread evenly throughout the stone. This type is quite valuable.|
|Zi er cui||High-grade jadeite mined from rivers. Because of its high translucency, it is also known as bing zhong (?ice?).|
|Lao keng bo li zhong||Old-mine ?glassy? (finer texture, more translucent) jadeite. In Imperial green, this type is the most valuable jadeite.|
|Fei yu||Red jadeite, named after a red-feathered bird|
|Hong pi||?Red skin? jadeite, cut from the red skin of a boulder|
|Jin fei cui||Golden or yellow jadeite|
|Shuangxi||Jadeite with both red and green|
|Fu lu shou||Jadeite with red, green, and lavender|
|Da si xi||Highly translucent jadeite with red, green, lavender, and yellow|
|Wufu linmen||Jadeite with red, green, lavender, and yellow, as well as white as the bottom layer|
|jadeite nomenclature (based on Chhibber, 1934)|
|Kyauk sein (kyauk = stone; sein = green)||word for jadeite|
|Mya yay or yay kyauk (Chinese = kingfisher = fei-ts?ui )||First grade green; bright, intense emerald green; used for expensive jewelry, such as cabochons, rings, necklaces, earrings, etc.|
|Shwe lu||Second grade green; light green jadeite with bright green spots and streaks; also used for expensive jewelry, such as cabochons, rings, necklaces, ear rings, etc.|
|Lat yay||Third grade; clouded jadeite, used in making bracelets, buttons, hatpins, etc.|
Kyauk am? (English = chloromelanite)
|Dark green, appearing black except when thinly cut. This material is rich in iron, and is used for making buttons, bars for brooches, etc.|
|Konpi||Red or brownish, found in boulders embedded in red earth|
|Hua hsueh tai tsao (Chinese; ?moss entangled in melting snow?)||White with veins of shaded green|
|Kyauk atha||Translucent white, used for bracelets, pipe stems, plates, spoons, etc.|
|Pan tha||Brilliant white, translucent, and opaque to a certain extent|
|Maw-sit-sit (English = maw-sit-sit; a rock mixture of kosmochlor, natrolite and albite)||Medium to dark green, mottled; ornamental gem material; soft and brittle|
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|4 1/2||15.2mm||I 1/2||8||48mm|
|8 1/2||18.5mm||Q 1/2||17||58mm|
|L||9 1/2||19.3mm||S 1/2||20||61mm|
|10 1/2||20.1mm||U 1/2||22||63.5mm|
|11 1/2||21mm||W 1/2||25||66mm|
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