A truly charming early Art Deco engagement ring with an upward-sweeping arch, seamlessly bezel-set with a round, old European-cut diamond and studded with small old-cut diamonds all around. The handmade openwork platinum (as stamped) mounting is signed by New York manufacturer Julius Wodiska, reportedly active in business from c. 1900-1930. It displays the transitional style of the 1920s, when the lighter Edwardian style was yielding to the stronger geometry and color of Art Deco, as evidenced by the use of calibre emeralds at the cathedral top's 12:00 and 6;00 o'clock positions.
The center diamond weighs about 1.28 carats (by volumetric formula). I have graded its color as J, and clarity as I1, due to condition (see below). The thirty-four surrounding diamonds are single cut and weigh about 0.30 carat total. The current finger size is 9 1/2. It can readily be sized smaller by at least two sizes. I will inquire with my jeweler about all requests.
As old as it is, this ring may be considered to be in overall good condition. The center diamond is chipped at the girdle edge about 1 mm. up the crown, and extending most of the way down the pavilion (visible in the main image at about 10 o'clock). This condition does not remove the dusky fire that old cut diamonds typically show. Also, five of the small side diamonds are chipped to various degrees, and engraving halfway down the shank is worn. Finally, one emerald is missing from its channel.
The overall impression this ring makes is of an authentic period piece undiminished by its nearly one century of life. While most dealers would restore it and price it much, much higher, it is safely wearable and certainly enjoyable as is. At this price, it is an excellent value. A rare piece.
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