This sensational vintage (Circa 1920s) Art Deco filigree engagement ring has a hand engraved octagonal frame with a double milgrain border surrounding the bezel set Old European cut diamond. Further hand engraved beading flows down the shoulders and onto the open lattice style mount. A further two smaller old cut diamonds sit one to each side of the principle diamond. The above leads onto a plain slender gold shank which is stamped 18K. The open lacy style of the raised mount allows light to shine in and through the antique diamond. An easy to wear ring as there are no claws or prongs to catch on hair or fabric. *Please contact me for a video link to see the ring worn using window light only*
I believe the ring originated from the USA based on both the design and the marks inside the shank being K for Karat and not C for Carat which is the British spelling. This style of vintage ring is rarely found in the UK and if so is a result of a previous import. Much like American Victorian architecture differs to British Victorian architecture, the same can be said for period jewellery. British rings of this era tend to be more simple and traditional by design. The vast majority of vintage filigree rings originated from the USA which makes this quite a rare find in the UK.
The Old European Cut Diamond set within this beautiful hand made piece has excellent clarity with no black carbon spots or any eye visible inclusions. The diameter of the principle diamond is approx 5 mm x 5 mm with an approx depth of 3.5mm which gives an estimated weight of 0.50 carats (Measured whilst mounted) The two smaller old cuts are approx 2mm each - Estimated as 0.02 Carats Each - TCW = 0.54 Carats
Please Note: Old Cut diamonds have less diameter"spread" than modern brilliant cut diamonds of the same carat weight. This is due to the deep pavilion (point) the chunky high crowns and table facets and the thick girdles which all add to the total carat weight.
The beauty of old white gold is that it retains its whiteness never needing Rhodium plating like modern white gold needs. This is because in the earlier part of the century, different alloys were used to mix with gold than what are used in white gold today. This ring is decades old and needed nothing more than a clean and polish by myself to restore it to what you see in the photos and videos in this listing which were all shot using window light only.
Diamond Clarity & Cut: The diamond is of good colour and clarity with one very minor natural inclusion found when examined with a 10 x loupe (Magnifying device) I estimate the clarity to be SI1 and colour to be J/K. True to its vintage cut the diamond has an open Culet (point) chunky pavilion facets with a small table facet. When worn even on a rainy day the diamond appears lively and colourless.
All of my photos and videos are shot using natural light only. (Window light) This is to show the diamonds true natural colour. The use of electric lights in particular flash/strobe lights in photos tend to bleach diamonds an artificial "white" whilst also potentially hiding any eye visible inclusions. As always, the diamonds have been tested for authenticity with two electronic diamond testers.
Condition: I am unable to find any area of the engraving that has worn. It would appear this ring was held in storage for most of its years. The setting holding the diamond is in good condition and there is no need for any type of restoration work required. The diamond has a very tiny nick to the table facet and one to the girdle edge when examined with a 10 x Jewellers loupe (Magnifying device)
Old European Cut Diamonds: Diamond cutters in past centuries used techniques that are no longer common today. Often cutting diamonds by hand, they gave diamonds shapes and dimensions that capture the character and essence of their eras. Diamonds cut using the old techniques may exhibit less fire and brilliance, though they sometimes are preferred for their warmer, more romantic glow. Diamonds cut using the old techniques are becoming increasingly sought after and desirable. Like the old mine cut, diamonds cut into this shape possess a high crown, small table, and a large, flat culet. However, the old European cut has a circular girdle. With 58 facets, it is the predecessor of today’s modern round brilliant cut. The Old European cut dates to the 1800s and was used mostly during the Victorian Edwardian and Art Nouveau eras.
Ring Size = UK - J 1/2 - US - 5 3/4 (Can be resized by any working jeweller) Estimated Colour = I/J Estimated Clarity = Si1 Weight = 2.25 Grams Hallmarks: Stamped 18KT
The ring will be sent to the UK by recorded, tracked & insured delivery and sent in a velvet ring pouch. Shipping fees differ internationally depending on the country of destination and the value of the item being shipped. I am unable to provide accurate pre sale shipping fees because of this. Please contact me if not from the UK so I may obtain a quote for shipping to your country. I will need your shipping address and zip code. Insurance for the price of the ring will be included in the shipping quote and is not optional.
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