Here is a 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 Wodska (or Wodiska), reportedly active in business from c. 1900-1930. This piece 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 large at 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 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). Although this mark is long, it is fairly narrow and shallow, and can probably be removed with relatively small weight loss. If desired, I can explore repairing the damage (at buyer's expense) with a diamond cutter. Regardless, 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. Again, if the buyer wishes, I will look into the cost to replace it.
The overall impression this ring makes is of a delightful period piece undiminished by its nearly one century of life. While many (probably most) dealers would restore it and price it much higher, it is safely wearable and certainly enjoyable, in its present condition, at truly great savings. A rare piece.
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