Diamond Engagement Ring in Palladium, c. 1940Diamond Engagement Ring in Palladium, c. 1940Diamond Engagement Ring in Palladium, c. 1940Diamond Engagement Ring in Palladium, c. 1940

A simple, fine vintage piece for those who won't settle for a reproduction, with the design touches found in diamond engagement rings from the early 1940s.

In palladium, as stamped inside the shank, the ring is of cast manufacture. The center box setting has triple prongs at the four corners, which hold an early American cut diamond weighing about 0.50 carat, having F color and VS1 clarity. With shallow depth by today's standards, this aspect gives it high contrast of broad flashes of brilliance against a dark background.

On each shoulder, in a bullet-shaped plate, are bead=set three single cut diamonds, with the six weighing about 0.06 carat. The beveled border, known as bright cut, make them stand out far more than we expect from such small stones. One end stone is chipped, but the impression of elegance is preserved.

Finger size is 5 1/2. The total item weighs 2.8 grams (1.8 pennyweights). The shank measures 3 mm. wide where it meets the diamond-set plates, and tapers to 1.3 mm. at the base, which is thinning. It will be advisable to re-shank the ring at some point if it is given hard daily wear. This can be accomplished at the same time it is re-sized, if that is necessary. The sides show a normal degree of wear; likewise, they can be refinished if desired.

From its beautiful prong-work on the center stone, to the Deco-flavored design of the shoulders and the high-dome half-round shank, to the perfectly placed airlines on the sides, this is the lush simplicity that today's jewelry manufacturers try to emulate. You can have the real thing in this piece.

Item ID: BR109-50

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Diamond / palladium (white), Size: 5.3 x 2.19 mm.

Diamond Engagement Ring in Palladium, c. 1940

$1,650 USD

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