We regularly hear that emerald rings are fragile, that we should be careful with them, or even that we should not buy them. Obviously this is not true and we must set the record straight: there is a scale of relative hardness of stones, called Mohs’ scale, which measures that the hardest stone is the diamond level 10. Sapphire and ruby (corundum family) are level 9. And the emerald is between 7.5 and 8. So no need to panic, your emerald is hard enough to wear. Of course your emerald rings don’t like shocks, but be aware that diamonds don’t like shocks either and they can also break. Our advice for taking care of your jewelry is always the same: avoid chemicals, water for too long and heat.
French cluster emerald ring. French cluster emerald ring in 18 karat pink gold and platinum. Antique cluster ring with a round-cut emerald set with eight claws. The emerald is surrounded by eight Dutch rose-cut diamonds. Each shoulder of the ring is also set with a diamond. Antique engagement ring, circa 1920, France.
Eagle’s head hallmark (French state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and illegible silversmith hallmark.
Modernist emerald diamond gold ring in 18 karat white gold. The ring is of geometrical form, adorned with an horizontal line of eight single cut diamonds set in grain on a white gold setting, which joins a vertical part with an emerald. Modern French ring, circa 1950.
Eagle head hallmark and maker’s mark Jean Séguret (circa 1950)
Finger size: 51 EU or 5.5 US (no sizing possible)
Ring width: 3 mm
Length of the diamond line: 18 mm
Estimated weight of the gems: the emerald weighs approximately 0.10 carat; the diamonds weigh a total of 0.24 carat
Condition: the white gold has some yellowish spots du to age but a rhodium plating and polishing can be done on request.