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Bellarri Europa Gold Sapphire Diamond Ring

Bellarri has always designed with her market in mind (as every designer should). The pieces she designs for the French, Italian and UK markets are somewhat different from what she designs for the United States, reflecting the tastes of buyers in those countries. We're excited to offer this ring, from Bellarri's "Europa" Collection, a piece that was designed with French and Italian buyers in mind.

What makes this ring quite obviously special is the array of gorgeous deep-gold sapphires, in three separate clusters. Sapphires, like diamonds, emeralds and rubies, are considered "Precious" stones, and are prized for the wonderful variety of colors they can be found in. But what makes sapphire shopping so challenging is that most jewelers and designers market stones that have been treated with beryllium, a form of heat treatment that can turn dull green and yellow sapphires into gorgeous deep yellow and orange sapphires. Beryllium treatment is perfectly ethical, and widely accepted across the industry, but unfortunately not always disclosed to buyers. Beryllium-treated stones are usually gorgeous, but they're not naturally that way, and as such are not valued or prized as highly as pure, untreated sapphires.

Fortunately for Bellarri customers, you don't have to worry about that question - Bellarri uses only all-natural sapphires, just as mother earth made them. In this particular ring, you'll find 1.44 carats of round-cut gold sapphires, set in a bed of 18K yellow gold, which is then set into a shank of 18K white gold (the yellow gold bed adds to the yellow glow of the sapphires, rather than distracting from it). A full .80 carats of diamond baguettes rings the center cluster, and flows down both sides of the shank.

The ring measures just over half an inch wide across the top setting, and it sits just a hair under.25" up off the finger. It's also a size 6.25-6.5, right in between the two, a little smaller than Bellarri standard, but of course sizing is available.

UPDATE: We included photos taken both with camera flash, and with natural light. The natural light photos were taken with a very small aperture, to provide as much clarity on the stones as possible at macro distances, which may make them a bit less sharp than the camera flash photos but they're still enjoyable in their own way.