This is a Straits Chinese ring, handcrafted in an ‘aeroplane’ design so called for its geometry.
Such a setting has of course adopted the Victorian navette ring, adapting it into a diamond studded form.
There are many, many permutations of the navette design in Straits Chinese rings, but it is not often we get one with uniformly fiery diamonds.
The ring is 2.6cm tall, a great navette length to wear comfortably all day. Diamonds range from 5pt to 8pt, weighing an estimated total of 1.5ctw.
A little history on these types of ‘Oriental’ navette rings, colloquially named ‘kana’ rings, after the shape of olives.
There are three types of navette rings seen in this region, featuring full cut diamonds, hand cut diamonds, and glass stones.
The expansive form of these tall rings was to showcase the splendour of stones, hence the affluence of the wearer and her family.
Less socially-conscious women owned more organic and hence affordable hand cut or rose cut diamonds (as opposed to full cut diamonds in this ring).
And still even more affordable ‘kana’ rings were set with glass stones, especially bright blue synthetic ‘sapphires’ and pink ‘rubies’. This last group is similar to paste jewellery in Victorian times, while the hand cut diamond group could be compared to early Victorian rose cut jewellery.
Very much unknown, the history of navette rings in this region is a peculiar thing. It is as if its history parallels the class and culture of its people.
This ring is unmarked, but acid tests as 20k gold.
Mid-century Victorian Style Diamond Cluster Navette Ring 20k
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