A beautiful and still sparkling 5 stone diamond ring which happens to be from the Georgian period. It is a great ring that can be worn everyday..
The diamonds are all rose cut and foil backed. The one in the center is largest, then the rose cuts one either side are slightly smaller. The last (outermost stones are smallest.) The diamonds are nearly Full Rose Cuts. I am counting 24 facets on the largest stone and at least 18 on the smaller stones... The diamond cutter did a fantastic job. Seeing this many facets on small rose cuts is special..
The bench jeweler rubbed over silver or collet-set each of the 5 diamonds. The center diamond, is a combination of collet-set with 2 additional pieces of silver which are (prong-like) around that diamond to insure it would not fall out...
No hallmarks as true to circa. The ring is silver topped, gold backed as we say in the biz.. The top of the ring is testing, high content silver.. Although is was common for the use of 800 or 900 silver in Europe, this has tested by my laser jeweler with his fancy gold and silver scanning machine to be 960% silver. It is great because it does not tarnish like US standard 925 sterling. The shank and behind the mount and are tested 15K rose gold.
It is normal in the trade not to weigh rose cut diamonds. I have put a millimeter ruler across the face of the ring so you can see the size of the diamonds. Also, I have included a photo on my (old finger) so you can see the size of the diamonds and ring..
The ring was purchased in Italy by my long time picker and friend.. Remember this when I describe some of her finds... When you read one of my listings where she has had the great 'eye' to find something, it surely will be fabulous! This is one of her picks!
European in origin, possibly Italian..
The ring is Circa 1800, Georgian period.
It is a US size 8 ~ 8 1/4. It can easily be sized up or down by 2 full sizes. It weighs exactly 2 grams.
The ring is in excellent antique condition. The only apology to possibly make is that the very last, smallest stone on the furthest side is a bit dark. I'm sure the foil was somehow exposed to water at some point. Also, this was sized, perhaps 100+ years ago. At the very back of the shank (only on the inside) there is a very tiny solder line. It is not visible from the outside.
If you love rose cuts than you love them.. They cannot be compared to modern cut diamonds at all! When inspected under a loupe, you can see little inclusions, imperfections, etc. Please remember, these diamonds were cut by hand with primitive tools over 250+ years ago. That being said, it is a great diamond band that can be worn with comfort everyday. But, please remember, with all old foil backed gems, they must not be exposed to water. Please remove the ring before you wash your hands or shower as water is Public Enemy Number One with closed back foiled stones. Questions are welcome and encouraged..
In the photos, it appears the center diamond has a gap on either side.. I assure you, the diamond is not at all in jeopardy of falling out. I had my long time bench jeweler check this center mount at the same time he tested the metals. All of the diamonds are safe and set for another century if taken care of. That being said, I recommend always keeping an eye on all antique rings as we wear them and if a ring is tapped repeatedly on a countertop they should be brought to your local jeweler to be checked now and again... It is very exaggerated in the enlarged photos and will not be noticed on the hand...
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