Current Bid: $800
Appraised Value: $4,250
One electronically tested 18KT yellow gold ladies cast south sea cultured pearl and diamond ring. Condition is new, good workmanship. Featuring a south sea cultured pearl set within mirroring diamond set shoulders, completed by a three millimeter wide band. Trademark is Orianne. Identified with markings of "18K". Containing:
One south sea cultured pearl, 10.5mm in size to 10.5mm in size. The pearl is dark golden in color with a good luster, near round, mostly clean Graded in the setting.
South Sea Cultured Pearls are farmed in the ocean waters throughout Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and the southern coast of China. Australia's main culturing industry is located near the city of Broome, in the northwest, on the Kimberley coast. South Sea cultured pearls form in the Pinctada Maxima oyster, the world's largest (up to 34cm) pearl cultivating oyster. The Indian and Pacific Ocean, the Java and the South China Sea, are the native waters of the Pinctada Maxima oyster.
There are two varieties of the Pinctada Maxima: the Gold Lipped oyster which produces the golden color pearls, and the Silver Lipped oyster which produces white color pearls. The South Sea cultured pearl takes from about two to three years to grow. It is produced by inserting a large bead into the oyster when it is about two years old. The South Sea pearl nacre has a unique satiny appearance, due partly to the fast moving and clean waters on the South Seas.
Twenty-four prong set round and princess cut diamonds (depth est.) approximate total weight of 24 Stones = 0.70ct. The clarity and color grade reflects the entire range for this group. Graded in the setting.
Clarity SI-1 to I-2
Total Weight of Diamonds 0.70ct.
Total Weight of Ring 6.40 gm