I am back from my UK buying trip, and have brought back a treasury of early, investment-quality jewels for the consideration of my holiday-shopping Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to c.1860-1870, this beautiful old mine-cut diamond ring comes just in time to kick off your holiday season! Measuring a perfectly-proportioned 7/8" x 1/2" across the bezel, this unique Victorian jewel is packed with exceptional old mine-cut diamonds! I was attracted to this jewel for it's naturalistic, scalloped, slightly curved shank, which makes it stand out from most diamond rings of this era, and it is oh-so-feminine on the hand!
The largest diamond takes center stage, measuring 4.33 x 4.26 mm, and weighing a calculated 32 points! This diamond is exceptionally white and bright, and boasts the small table and open culet unique to diamonds pre-dating 1880. As most collectors know, one cannot grade antique diamonds according to modern GIA standards, but this stone is equivalent to H color and VS1 clarity, and is free from unsightly carbon inclusions! It is securely set with eight silver prongs. JUST SPLENDID!
Set above and below this larger stone are two additional prong-set diamonds measuring approx. 3.02 mm x 2.86 mm, and weighing approx. 10 points each. Surrounding these gemstones are ten curling "petals" wrought in sterling-topped 9k gold (unmarked but tested). Each "petal" holds a bead-set old mine-cut diamond weighing approx. 5 points each. Two claw-set old-mine cut diamonds also adorn the shoulders of this elegant ring, each weighing approx. 5 points each. That adds up to 1.02 carats of dazzling, antique diamonds! As most collectors know, one cannot grade antique diamonds according to modern GIA standards, but these gems are equivalent to H color and SI clarity!
The shank of this ring is simple, double hoop wrought in 18k rose gold. At first, I thought that this ring might be a marriage, as I have never seen a bezel quite like this one before, but examination under 10x magnification confirmed that this jewel has always been a ring! The open-backed bead- and claw-mountings allow one to easily clean these gemstones with a soft toothbrush and soapy water; the mounting has developed a wonderful age patina which collectors of Victorian jewelry treasure, and should not be over-cleaned.
This ring is a size 5 3/4, and appears to have never suffered re-sizing, but it could be sized by laser by a good bench jeweler for little cost. Needless to say, this ring really lights up on the hand, and the attention to detail is just delightful; most jewelers of this era would have used rose-cut diamonds for the accent stones, but all of these diamonds are full, old-mine cuts!
Simply a wonderful example of Victorian jewelry, this ring looks wonderful worn with anything from blue jeans to a ball gown, and just LOOK at that sparkle! If you collect the best in antique diamond jewelry, this ring is certain to become a favorite! It would also make an heirloom-worthy holiday gift for any lady fond of the finest in Victorian jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this eloquent ring; it is likely one-of-a-kind, up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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