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Jade Ring Lined with Gold
This is a high-quality jade and 14K yellow gold ring created in the 1970s. It features a hand-carved 100% natural and untreated (certified) nephrite jade ring in very pale green surrounding a solid 14K gold band. The jade has a luminous translucency that is stunning. The tone is such a pale green some might not call it green at all but more of an off-white. Although most ordinary jewelry stores would probably describe this as "mutton fat jade," that would be wholly incorrect. Mutton fat is currently quite popular and highly-valuable and most jewelers (and gemologists) do not possess extensive knowledge of jade and therefore frequently describe all pale or off-white or white jade as "mutton fat." I am a gemologist but I am also a second-generation jade collector with extensive knowledge of the stone. The nephrite used to create this ring has a very fine grain and is of exceptional quality. Frequently, carved jade rings are left as they are; less commonly a carved jade ring will be fitted with an interior band of gold, platinum or silver. Sometimes it's simply a design choice. Frequently, it's a signal that the jade is special. And that's the case here. This is a very translucent stone with a beautiful, even polish all the way around. And nephrite is the toughest gemstone there is. Two-thousand-years-ago, nephrite was carved into chains —heavy-duty chains exactly like you would buy at a hardware store— from one piece of stone. These chains were then attached to horses to pull carts. So do not be concerned that you will scratch this jade wearing it as a ring. You can wear this jade and gold ring anywhere you would wear your wedding band. And probably a few places where you wouldn't dare wear your wedding band. The neutral palette of this ring makes it appropriate for daily wear. And, of course, it's entirely unisex. The ring is a size 6 ½ and as you have already guessed, it can't be resized. This would be a great wedding ring. Or a stack ring. And you could even wear it around your neck as a pendant. It's difficult to date the ring without any maker's marks but the polish on the nephrite is high: which means post 1957 and electric polishing tools. My guess is that this ring dates from the 1960s.
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- Place of OriginChina
- Date of Manufacturecirca 1960s
- Condition DetailsExcellent condition with no signs of damage or repair.
- Weight4.59 g
- Seller LocationSouthbury, CT
- Reference NumberLU158918907582
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