Bavaria Spessart Ring 3½ct Antique 19thC Biblical Hebrew Talisman Noah’s Ark

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Seller: ancientgifts ✉️ (5,284) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 123534746547 Bavaria Spessart Ring 3½ct Antique 19thC Biblical Hebrew Talisman Noah’s Ark . Hand Crafted Antique Nineteenth Century Genuine Natural Bavarian Three and One-Half Carat Richly Hued Vibrant Bright Blood Red Spessartite Garnet Faceted Oval. Contemporary High Quality Sterling Silver Ring (Size 7 – Resizing Available). CLASSIFICATION: Spessartite Garnet Faceted Oval. ORIGIN: Spessart, Bavaria. 19th Century. SIZE: Length: 9 1/2mm. Width: 8mm. Depth: 5mm. All measurements approximate. WEIGHT: 3.48 carats.NOTES: Resizing is available. 14kt solid gold setting is also available. If you would prefer a different setting style, odds are we have many different setting styles available which would fit this stone(s) which could be substituted for no or very little additional cost. Write us for pictures and prices. DETAIL: According to ancient Hebrew mythology, a giant garnet provided interior lighting for Noah's Ark. It is also believed that garnet, described as “nopek”, was one of the twelve gemstones described in the Bible in Exodus 28:17-20 as adorning Aaron’s breastplate, representing the twelve tribes of ancient Israel. Ancient Christians regarded the blood-red garnet to be symbolic of Christ’s blood sacrifice. Garnet figured prominently in Islam’[s Koran as well, teaching that garnet illuminates the Fourth Heaven of the Moslems. The ancient Persians regarded garnet as a royal stone, and only royalty was allowed to possess the gemstone. To the Anglo-Saxons, garnet was a cherished treasure. Ancient cultures including the Celts, Greeks, Hebrews, Persians and Romans all highly valued garnet. Here is a gorgeously colored richly hued, sparkling blood red garnet. This particular species of garnet is known as "Spessartite", and is so named after its original source of Spessart, Bavaria. Hand crafted by a 19th century Russian artisan, part of an heritage renown for the production of the elaborate gemstones and jewelry of the Czars of Medieval, Renaissance, and Victorian Russia. Originally used in indigenous jewelry, this is a very pretty semi-precious gemstone, with highly a desirable, uncommon, beautiful rich, vibrant, almost neon blood red hue with spectacular brilliant Ferrari red flashes of fire. It possesses great character, and wonderful tone and color, and given the fact that Spessartite Garnets are rarely found in transparent gemstone quality material, a very exceptional specimen. It is certainly no less than eye clean, a nice quality semi-precious gemstone. It is not to suggest it is absolutely flawless, but to the eye - even in these photo enlargements here - you can see it is very clean and without discernible blemish. The setting is of contemporary origin. It is a high quality setting manufactured by one of the USA’s leading semi-custom mount producers. It is constructed of solid sterling silver. We do have the ability to have the ring sent out for resizing if requested. Additionally, if preferred, the mounting is also available in 14kt solid gold. Spessartite garnets are very uncommon, and the original source of these gemstones in Bavaria no longer produces them. Given the very substantial size of this specimen, as richly colored Spessartite garnets go, uncommon as they are, this is a pretty nice specimen. Under magnification the gemstone shows the unmistakable characteristics of having been hand crafted. The coarseness of the 19th century finish is considered appealing to most gemstone collectors, and is not considered a detriment, or detract from the value of a gemstone. These characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, most serious collectors consider such gemstones more desirable, possessed of greater character and uniqueness when compared to today's cookie-cutter mass-produced machine-faceted gemstones. Unlike today's computer controlled machine produced gemstones, the cut and finish of a gemstone such as this is the legacy of an artisan who lived two centuries ago. This gemstone possesses superb luster and sparkle, and to the eye is completely transparent, but it is not absolutely flawless. True, the blemishes it possesses are not visible to the naked eye, and the gemstone can be characterized at a minimum, to use trade jargon, as "eye lean". To the eye it is indeed flawless; however magnified as it is here in the accompanying photo enlargements it is perhaps possible to discern one or two slight imperfections within the gemstone, barely perceptible even at such high magnification. Of course the same may said about almost any natural gemstone. An absolutely flawless gemstone simply is not the rule in nature. Most absolutely flawless gemstones will upon close examination be revealed to be synthetic. Naturally these characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, you must also consider that two centuries ago the mining techniques prevalent did not allow the ultra deep mining operations which are so common today. Keep in mind that two centuries ago mankind was more or less limited to surface deposits or near surface deposits of gemstones. Higher quality gemstones which today are routinely mined from beneath hundreds of meters, even kilometers beneath the earth's surface, were simply inaccessible then. For these reasons antique gemstones must be appreciated as antiques first, gemstones second. The relatively superlative quality of contemporary gemstones routinely mined from deep beneath the earth's surface today were simply not accessible two centuries ago, or at least, only rarely so. However for most, the unique nature and character of antique gemstones such as this more than makes up for minute blemishes which by and large, are (if at all) only visible under high magnification. SPESSART GARNET HISTORY: Spessartite is not as common as most other Garnets, and it is usually not found as a transparent, gemstone quality specimens. Originally found in Spessart, Bavaia, its occurrences remain very limited when contrasted with other varieties of garnet. When absolutely pure it is bright orange, the color derived from manganese and aluminum. But an increase in the iron content makes the stone darker orange to red. It is also known as “Spessartine”, which is the word for “forest” in German. In Renaissance Europe it was believed to assist in analytical abilities and self-exploration. It was also used in the treatment of lactose intolerance and calcium mal-absorption. Condition: 19th century antique spessart garnet. Contemporary sterling silver ring setting (USA). 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