A special part of the beauty of vintage and antique jewelry is the history behind it, and so it is a lovely but rare occasion when we can have the full story behind the history of a ring.
This beauty was owned by a Gladys Harris, wife of Gordon Harris, the Vice President of Overseas Motors in San Francisco California, and Fort Worth, Texas. Overseas Motors was the import section of British Motors that dealt with Jaguar, Rolls Royce, and Fiat. The two were married in the 1930s in England, and immigrated to America on the Queen Elizabeth I in the 1950s for Gordon's work.
Gladys had both an engagement ring and a wedding ring set with beautiful old European cut diamonds, but they no longer fit her hand. So in the 1960's she had the two combined into this smooth modern design.
The ring features five round old European brilliant cut diamonds, set in a soft yellow gold band that has a subtle cross hatch texture to the front that gives the ring a velvety texture to the metal.
The center diamond measures 4.3 mm in diameter, and the total diamond weight is .70 carats. The diamonds are graded as SI1 clarity and G/H color. They are set in a white gold strip (her original set was in white gold) soldered to a textured yellow gold band. Total gram weight of the ring is 9.2 grams. The band is substantial, and measures 8 mm in height. This information is taken from an appraisal which will be supplied with the ring. The replacement ie insurance value is $3000.00.
The ring is a size 10.5 but can be resized. Marked Funco and 14kt. I tried to capture the sparkle of these stones in the photos but as usual a still image is a poor substitute. I have uploaded a video of the ring on my instagram account, the_muse_on_rubylane
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Vintage 1960s Retro Modern 14k .70 ct diamond band ring 10.5