Rose Ring in Sterling Silver with Moissanite - Winter Rose

  • $249.00

A romantic rose ring in shades of winter.  My rose pieces are inspired by my favorite rugosa rose that lives just outside my studio door, and I love making them! This sweet rose is sturdy, and just the right size to wear every day, but definitely makes a statement for a special occasion, too.

The ring in the photo is shown with a bright silver finish, not oxidized. If you prefer an oxidized finish, please let me know in the message to seller when you check out. The stone shown in the photo is a 5mm faceted moissanite stone.  I am happy to customize the ring with a different stone - please message me if you'd like a price on a different stone!

Completely handmade from sterling silver sheet, the rose is approximately 3/4" (19mm) in diameter, and the pattern band is 5.5mm (just under 1/4 inch) in width.

Read below for more information on Moissanite, the stone pictured in the ring.

Copyright Notice:
This original design, descriptive text, and all photographs are © 2012-2020 by Cheryl Van Dyck and  Lavender Cottage Jewelry

*******What is Moissanite?*******
The mineral moissanite was discovered by Henri Moissan while examining rock samples from a meteor crater located in Canyon Diablo, Arizona, in 1893. At first, he mistakenly identified the crystals as diamonds, but in 1904 he identified the crystals as silicon carbide. The mineral form of silicon carbide was named moissanite in honor of Moissan later on in his life. The discovery in the Canyon Diablo meteorite and other places was challenged for a long time as carborundum contamination from human abrasive tools.

Until the 1950s no other source, apart from meteorites, had been encountered. Later moissanite was found as inclusion in kimberlite from a diamond mine in Yakutia in 1959, and in the Green River Formation in Wyoming in 1958. The existence of moissanite in nature was questioned even in 1986 by Charles Milton, an American geologist.

Moissanite, in its natural form, is very rare. It has only been discovered in a small variety of places from upper mantle rock to meteorites. Discoveries have shown that moissanite occurs naturally as inclusions in diamonds, xenoliths, and ultramafic rocks such as kimberlite and lamproite. They have also been identified in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites as presolar grains.

Since 1998, when the company Charles and Colvard created a proprietary process to create moissanite in a lab, it has been regarded as an excellent diamond substitute, with optical properties and light refraction that actually exceed those of diamond.

Here is an excellent video that shows this gorgeous stone: