Victorian Rose de France Amethyst Ring
c 1850 -1900
In the time of “The Rona” we can’t really go see the world right now. But we can bring the world to us. Sort of. And while you might think you’d be getting a visit from a French lady when buying this ring, what you’re really getting is a sassy Brazilian. That’s because Victorian Rose de France (well, any Rose de France, honestly) actually comes from Brazil. While still amethyst, it’s the lighter pinkish-purple cousin to the stone most of us thing of when considering February’s birthstone. No deep grapey purple here. Think lilac or lavender, instead. The delicate color is thanks to the presence of titanium oxide.
What We Love About It:
This baby is BIG! She doesn’t even care if you call her hefty. Just her sheer size makes her a statement piece, but her color is absolutely eye-catching, as well. I think she’d make a great alternative engagement ring for some lucky future bride. Especially if her favorite color leans towards the lilac shades of the color spectrum.
This ring, made during the Victorian period, was crafted out of 14kt yellow gold, with black enameled shoulders and engraved folate designs. Our appraiser didn’t give us the exact carat weight of the stone but I would guess it to be about 30cts (22mm x 18mm). The ring is currently a size 8.5 US (but can totally be sized up or down to your size) and weighs 8.41g.
So now, you can pretend you’re in Brazil or France if you’d like. Or even let the depths of this stone take you some other far away place. Whatever distant locale you choose, you’ll have a stunner by your side.