Webster's Dictionary defines a "masterpiece" as "a work done with extraordinary skill or artistic achievement." I have been fortunate enough lately to acquire several jewels which meet this criteria, and I am proud to present the "Masterpiece collection" for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele
Dating to c.1890 for the hand-wrought 22k gold mounting and c.1830-1850 for the magnificent trio of old mine-cut diamonds, this is easily the FINEST diamond ring I have offered in my 12 years as a Platinum-level Ruby Lane shop owner! This superb jewel boasts three of the finest diamonds that this dealer, collector and educator in antique jewelry has ever seen in a ring of this date, and the size and quality of the diamonds as well as the hand-wrought mounting qualify it for Masterpiece status!
Measuring 8 mm wide x 3/4" across the bezel, this ring is an investment-worthy beauty that is certain to become a favorite! These diamonds are magnificence times three, and have the small tables, chunky proportions and open culets that I adore! Although one cannot judge antique diamonds according to modern GIA standards, I knew that I had to get an appraisal on this important ring, and these diamonds stood up to the challenge! The center diamond measures 6.3 mm x 6.0 mm x 3.8 mm and weighs a calculated .88 carat. This stone is of the finest water; my graduate gemologist graded it as H in color and VS clarity!
The diamonds set on either side of this superb gemstone measure 5.44 x 5.32 x 3.34 mm and weigh a calculated .59 carat each! These diamonds grade to G/H color and VS clarity, and perfectly match the center stone for color and clarity. That adds up to 2.06 carats of the finest diamonds available to the Victorian lapidary! All of the diamonds are prong-set in a phenomenal hand-sculpted mounting of 22k gold (unmarked but tested). This ring appraised at $11,900.00, and is a one-of-a-kind Masterpiece!
Best of all, this ring is in as fine a condition as the MOST discerning collector could hope for; it is just as fresh today as when it first graced the hand of a lady of fashion over 125 years ago! This blazing beauty lights up like the Fourth of July on the hand, and represents a fine investment opportunity. This ring weighs 4.02 grams, and is a size 7. It appears to have never suffered re-sizing, but it could easily be re-sized by a good bench jeweler at little cost.
If you collect the ULTIMATE in fine Victorian jewelry, this ring belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a generous gift for any lady fond of the best in antique diamond rings, and will be sold with the appraisal for your insurance purposes at no extra cost. Most fine antique jewelry shops would price this ring at over $9,000, but not in my shop; I price my items based on what I pay, so when I get a good deal, so do you! Do not miss this Victorian diamond Masterpiece; up to five-month layaway is available, and USPS registered mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
I WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE From 10/5-10/25. Orders May Be Placed and Paid For, But Will Not Be Shipped Until 10/26. Thanks!