Dating to c.1790 for the bezel and c.1920 for the replacement 14k white gold shank, this ring comes straight from my personal collection of fine diamond rings, but I rarely wear it, so I have decided to "de-access"it for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring a perfectly-proportioned 3/4" long x 5/8" wide across the bezel, this ring is set with eleven sizable rose-cut diamonds mounted in the navette shape which was so popular during the last two decades of the 18th century. The center diamond measures 6 mm x 4.6 mm, weighs approx. 40 points (although it "faces up" closer to 3/4 carat), and is set into an individual pushed-up, closed-back setting of sterling silver. Surrounding this stone are ten additional rose-cut diamonds averaging 3.5 mm and weighing approx. 12 points each. That adds up to 1.6 carats of glittering antique diamonds!
Perhaps best of all, these diamonds are all true rose-cuts; there are no flat-cut or lasque diamonds here! All ten of the outer diamonds are set into pushed-up, rubbed-over, closed-backed collets of sterling silver. These diamonds are also exceptionally clean, with incredible clarity, and are free from chips or replacements! The back of the bezel is gilded with rose-gold, as was the custom with jewelry dating to the 1790s. This ring really lights up on the hand, and the stones are larger than one sees in most rose-cut diamond rings of this era. JUST DAZZLING!
Sometime during the early 20th-century, this ring was re-shanked with the 14k white gold setting you see here (gold unmarked but tested). Whomever did this work was clearly a master; there is no trace of solder, and the shoulders of the ring, with their applied leaves, were likely taken from the design of the original 1790s shank. Only the use of 14k white gold and the basket setting indicates that this ring is not 100% original, but this was how I acquired it, and the work never bothered me a bit - in fact, it has given this jewel a new lease on life! The only sign of wear to the bezel is to the back of one of the small diamonds, where a tiny pit has penetrated the silver. I only mention this for complete accuracy; we should all look this good at 220+ years old! This ring is a size 6 1/4, but the plainness of the rear of the shank would allow for conservative re-sizing by a good bench jeweler for little cost. This ring weighs in at 4.96 grams.
Simply a fabulous example of Georgian diamond jewelry, I received compliments galore over the decade I have owned this ring, and it is a joy to behold as well as a pleasure to wear! Let my loss be your gain; if you collect the finest in early diamond rings, this beauty belongs on your hand and in your collection! II do not need to tell collectors how difficult it has become to find affordable 18th-century diamond rings of this age and quality! It would also make a thrilling gift for that special lady fond of historic jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this rare beauty; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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