AGTA Certified Unheated Star Ruby Mens Ring 3.68 carats in 18KYG Setting
This beautiful piece has an unique layered history behind it. The stone I bought about 1998 at a gem market in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, a vendor from Burma had brought the raw stone over and was having it cabbed(cut) it while in Malaysia. I loved the stone immediately with its pinkish red color, and beautiful star, but he was asking more money than I had available to purchase it. Over the next day or two after some offers and negotiations on both sides we compromised on a deal for this magnificent 3.68 carat beauty
Almost a decade later I sent the stone to the AGTA to have it certified as a natural unheated star ruby, and it was certified by none other than Richard Hughes, the acclaimed author of the bible on corundum “Ruby and Sapphire” . The stone has sat ever since in my personal safe ready to be set, as I never really found anything that I thought would complement the piece well.
Then about a year ago I had heard about an auction of some custom one of a kind estate pieces being put up for sale by a coin dealer on Long Island, one of the pieces was an 18 karat yellow gold men’s ring with a linde (artificial) star ruby. The linde star ruby was nice to look at but like most all synthetics/lab created stones just had cosmetic value, so popped that stone out into the trash, and started working on getting the 100% natural star ruby in its place.
The setting itself is heavy (almost 16 grams of 18 karat yellow gold), and was pretty scratched up inside and even the ring shank. I sent it up to our jeweler Jill Underhill (of Color Symphony Jewelers) and she and her goldsmith polished it out really well without sacrificing any weight. Because the new star ruby was slightly smaller than the original synthetic stone, we hand created a new bezel to hold the stone. This looks much better and it’s small so as not to raise the ruby in an already high styled ring. The original size of the ring is an exact mens size 10.
I’m proud to say this combination of this stone and this setting make it one of the most beautiful pieces of mens jewelry I’ve ever seen. Truly a work of art.