A stately diamond engagement ring in platinum (as marked), circa post World War II. A simple scroll at the top of the half-round shank, and, above that, a beautiful high-arched shoulder on each side, leading to the central integrated four-prong box setting with peaked window side galleries, in which is mounted a round, old European-cut diamond weighing about 0.94 carat, having appoximate J color.
This piece is an early example of lost-wax casting after World War II, when that manufacturing technique, which had been forgotten for centuries, returned to the industry. The center diamond is older, dating closer to 1900. Its clarity is set by a small chip at the girdle that runs about 1.5 mm. down the pavilion, and is about 1.5 mm. wide at the widest point. Due to this, the diamond's girdle outline is indented, as you see at 12:00 o'clock in the enlarged image, but it is far from the first feature the unaided eye sees. Rather, it is the broad flashes of fire and brilliance typical of an old-cut diamond that you will notice. (Without this damage the stone would grade as VS2, and I can look into having it repaired at buyer's expense.) In any case, this piece has been priced to take this mark into consideration.
There are four small full-cut diamonds (two on each side) weighing about 0.12 carat total. One in the outside position is chipped. They appear to be older-cut. The finger size is 6. Some beads holding the small diamonds have been re-tipped with white gold solder, (apparent in the images but not visible to the unaided eye). Along with patina normal for its age, the item is in very good condition.
With its clean lines and understated brilliance, this is an engagement ring for the ages.
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