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18thC Antique 4ct Rose Quartz Roman-Assyrian Love Gem Sterling Ring #63017

Cost: $ 89.99


Antique 18th Century Genuine Natural Four and One-Quarter Carat Hand Crafted/Polished Indian Rose Quartz Semi-Precious Gemstone Oval. Contemporary High Quality Sterling Silver Ring (Size 7 – Resizing Available).

CLASSIFICATION: Polished Indian Rose Quartz Cabochon.

ORIGIN: 18th century India.

SIZE: Length: 14mm. Width: 10mm. Depth (Thickness): 4mm. Measurements approximate.

WEIGHT: 4.21 carats.

NOTE:  Resizing is available.  14kt solid gold setting is also available.  

NOTE:  If you would like only the gemstone, and not the setting, we can dismount the gemstone and offer you the gemstone without the setting.  Just let us know, and yes, we’ll discount the price by the cost of the setting.
 
DETAIL:
For the ancient Assyrians and Romans rose quartz was a traditional gift expressing love or affection. Here’s a very nice quality 18th century antique hand crafted/shaped/polished bright rose quartz semi-precious gemstone from India. This is an exceptionally nice specimen, a beautiful, pastel, delicate rose colored gemstone. Rose Quartz gemstones and jewelry were extremely popular throughout the ancient Mediterranean, and maintained its immense popularity through Renaissance and into Victorian Europe. During the Roman Empire carnelian, closely related to rose quartz, was widely used to carve cameos and signet/intaglio rings. The Romans acquired their taste for both carnelian and rose quartz from the Phoenicians, who traded extensively in both forms of quartz. As well rose quartz was also an important trade good in ancient India. 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.
  
Since before recorded history evidence suggests that various forms of quartz (including rose quartz, amethyst, carnelian, and aventurine) were amongst the most favored gemstones for at least the past 10,000 years. This particular specimen is of very nice quality, very beautiful, and is gemstone quality. However close examination of the gemstone reveals that the gemstone has been hand shaped and hand finished. The slight irregularities which are the hallmark of a handcrafted gemstone are generally regarded as appealing to most gemstone collectors, and is not considered detrimental. Unlike today’s computer controlled machine finished gemstones, the cut and finish of a gemstone such as this is the legacy of an artisan who lived two centuries ago. Such antique hand-crafted gemstones possess much greater character and appeal than today's mass-produced machine-produced gemstones.
 
HISTORY OF ROSE QUARTZ:  Aside from pearls, which were "discovered" as gemstones by prehistoric man, various forms of quartz (such as carnelian, amethyst, and rose quartz), turquoise, and lapis lazuli are the oldest gemstones utilized in the manufacture of jewelry.  "Rose quartz" is the rarest of these various quartz varieties.  Transparent, gemstone-quality rose quartz is very rare and is usually so pale that it does not show very much color except in large sizes.  The pink shades of rose quartz are due to the presence of titanium. The ancient sources for rose quartz were mines in Namibia.  Rose quartz beads have been found in Mesopotamian burials that date back to at least 7000 B.C.  Jewelry produced by the ancient Assyrians around 800 B.C. featured rose quartz.  The Romans also used rose quartz to carve intaglios for signet rings, as well as cut ands faceted to provide gemstones for jewelry.  Both the ancient Assyrians and Romans regarded rose quartz as a traditional gift expressing love or affection.
 
In ancient Egypt masks cut from rose quartz were used to beautify the skin.  The ancient Greeks associated the gemstone with the God Eros, who according to legend felt pity for humans when he saw the pain and loneliness caused by anger, so he created rose quartz in the hope that its beautiful color and gentle energy would arouse love and desire among people.  In antiquity and through into the Middle Ages it was believed that the cosmos was reflected in gemstones.  Rose quartz was associated with Venus. A large deposit from rose quartz was discovered in 1756 A.D. in southern Bavaria near Germany's border with the Czech Republic, an area called the Bavarian Woods.  The material was so intensely colored that it was said to resemble spinel.  Between its discovery in 1756 and 1880, 16,000 tons of rose quartz was quarried and used to produce crystal tableware such as plates, bowls, glasses, etc. 
 
Throughout the history of the ancient world, gemstones were believed capable of curing illness, possessing valuable metaphysical properties, and providing protection.  Found in Egypt dated 1500 B. C., the "Papyrus Ebers" offered one of most complete therapeutic manuscripts containing prescriptions using gemstones and minerals.  Gemstones were not only valued for their medicinal and protective properties, but also for educational and spiritual enhancement.  Due to its soft color, rose quartz was long been regarded in the ancient world as a soothing, calming crystal that promoted love and healing.  It was also associated with femininity.  Placing a rose quartz under one’s pillow at night was believed to promote peaceful sleep and creative inspiration.  Its medical uses included its use as a cure for skin disorders (including healing scar tissue, burns, and blisters), stress, heart and circulatory related health problems, including its perceived value in releasing excess fluids and impurities in the cells of the body.  Rose quartz was also used to prevent wrinkles, to treat asthma, eyesight problems, migraines, fever, bruises and aching in bones, fatigue, menstrual pains and tenderness.
 
On the metaphysical plane, rose quartz was believed to help clear negative emotions such as jealousy, anger and fear, and also to ease heartache and psychic traumas. It was also believed to enhance intuition, confidence, creativity, love, and romance; and was also believed to increase fertility. It was also believed to enhance the wearer’s awareness of the beauty and magic in the world, and to aid the wearer in maintaining a peaceful, harmonious environment.  Wearing rose quartz was also believed to be therapeutic for those individuals who suffered from depression, low self esteem or self-hatred.  Rose quartz was perceived as being associated with the healing power of forgiveness, and thus was helpful in opening the heart, healing the pain of past upsets, and releasing guilt and old grudges. It was also believed effective as an aid to balancing the masculine and feminine aspects within both men and women. 
 
HISTORY OF QUARTZ CRYSTAL:  There are many varieties of quartz which are not generally recognized as quartz.  Purple quartz is known as amethyst; yellow quartz as "citrine", green quartz as "adventurine"; and ametrine is a variegated gemstone possessing a color somewhere between amethyst and citrine.  More readily recognized varieties of quartz include smoky quartz, rose quartz, onyx, agates, chrysoprase, and rutilated quartz.  Quartz (“rock crystal") caught the eye of various ancient cultures with its brilliant transparency and gorgeous tones.  To the ancient Greeks it was "krystallos", from which the name "crystal" is derived.  To the ancient Slavic cultures it was, "kwardy", from which eventually the name “quartz” was derived.
 
The clearest form of quartz is rock crystal, used since ancient times to manufacture “crystal balls”.  Colorless quartz crystals have always been popular in jewelry since even ancient pre-recorded history due to mystical legends concerning the "power" of quartz crystals.  In the ancient world quartz was used as an ornamental stone, to fashion gemstones for jewelry, and as well for making tools and weapons. Quartz was also ground by ancient cultures to produce primitive forms of glass and ceramics.  Faience jewelry and amulets were mass produced in ancient Egypt fashioned from ground quartz and various minerals added to produce color (such as copper ore for blue-green; iron ore for red and orange, etc.).  Similar ceramic jewelry and amulets were also produced by the ancient Sumerian and Babylonian cultures.
 
According to one ancient legend, the sun and universe were contained within an enormous crystal.  Quartz was also long thought by ancients to be petrified ice.  Five thousand years ago the Sumerians cut and engraved various quartz stones as cylinder seals and used them later as ring seals. As the Sumerians invented writing, quartz is probably one of the first gem stone materials to be written on, and also to be used as a stamp to make a written impression in clay. Ancient Persians believed that quartz amulets placed on a baby ensured the infant’s proper nutrition.  There are many examples in various museums throughout the world of carved quartz stones that were popular in Greece and Rome as intaglios for signet rings.  One particularly popular style showed the upper half of the body of a man with a hand upraised, pronouncing judgment. These pieces are said to have been especially effective as a talisman during a lawsuit.  The ancient Celts used rock crystal amulets to give the water of healing wells a magical potency.  Running brooks produced healing water as well.  Quartz “star stones” were collected from a running brook, placed in boiling water from the same brook, and then the water, imbued with the curative power of the crystals, was then given to the patient.  It was also believed that quartz crystals could cure infertility.
 
Quartz crystal has also been used in religious and shamanistic ceremonies for thousands of years.  In the ancient Greek world quartz was utilized in the Eleusinian mysteries, initiation ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece, to produce the sacred fire by concentrating the heat of the sun to ignite wood chips.   Native American shamans are said to have used quartz crystals as divining and hunting charms, believing they were inhabited by spirits who had to be fed periodically by rubbing the quartz crystals with deer's blood.  The Cherokee were known to use quartz crystals for divining stones. Australian aborigines Aboriginal tribes regard quartz crystal as a rain-stone, and use it in ceremonies meant to bring rain.  And of course through the ancient world, for thousands of years, large pieces of quartz crystal were cut and polished into spheres, a scrying tool which enabled practitioners to foretell the future by peering into their crystal balls.
 
In the 14th century Medieval World of Europe, it was common for the quartz crystal to be engraved with the image of a man in armor holding a bow and arrow. The resulting talisman then would guard both the wearer and the place where it was situated.  Quartz is very popular in the production of jewelry due to the fact it is very hard and durable.  Some of the most popular varieties of quartz include amethyst (purple quartz), citrine (yellow quartz), and aventurine (green quartz).  Other popular varieties include “tigerseye”, the relatively rare rose quartz, onyx, and various forms of agate (such as jasper).  "Rose quartz" is the rarest of these various quartz varieties.  The ancient Assyrians and Romans were among the first to use rose quartz, carved and faceted to provide gemstones, the Romans also using them to carve intaglios for signet rings.  Rose quartz was regarding a token of love amongst both the ancient Romans and Assyrians.
 
Smoky quartz is brown, transparent quartz that is popular for large and unusual faceted crystals.  Smoky quartz from Mount Cairngorm, Scotland, is known as "cairngorm", and since ancient times has been a favorite ornamental gemstone with Scots and Celts.  Even today smoky quartz is worn in brooches with traditional Highland costumes.  Tiger's Eye quartz contains brown iron which produces its golden-yellow color.  Cabochon cut stones of this variety show the chatoyancy (small ray of light on the surface) that resembles the feline eye of a tiger, and have been enormously popular in various Asian cultures for thousands of years.  It was a very important trade good in ancient India.  And of course, the transparent colorless variety of quartz is still known as rock crystal.  Although colorless quartz is relatively common, large flawless specimens are not.  In the ancient world rock crystal was often been used in jewelry, particularly carved pieces.
 

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12/30/2012 12:00:00 AM
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