This faceted chalcedony ring features a lightly coloured blue stone encased within a sleek, sterling silver setting. There is the added detail of two subtle gold bubbles to contrast the gentle blue.
Chalcedony has a waxy luster, and may be semitransparent or translucent. Here it takes on a subtle blue tone which acts as an adaptable shade that can be teamed with a range of other colours and metals.
As early as the Bronze Age this stone was in use in the Mediterranean region. Fine examples of first century objects made from chalcedony were found in recent years in north-western Afghanistan. Hot wax would not stick to it so it was often used to make seal impressions. The term ‘chalcedony’ is derived from the name of the ancient Greek town Chalkedon, in modern English usually spelled Chalcedon – today a district of Istanbul.