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Ode To The Renaissance - Victorian 18K Gold Diamond & Enamel Ring. This exquisite ring is crafted from 18K yellow, tested. Featuring one natural Old Mine cut diamond, 8 natural Rose Cut diamonds, lovely detail, fine enamel work, Victorian Renaissance Revival styling and quality gold -work. This beautiful ring exhibits a pierced gallery resembling a coronet. The face and head of the gallery is crafted in rose gold, with pavé set diamonds. The central gem is an Old Mine Cut diamond and the diamond surround are antique Rose Cut diamonds. These rare antique cut diamonds display a beautiful soft glow as appose to modern cut diamonds, which exhibit a more blinding brilliance. The diamonds are exposed to the back of the ring, for additional shine when the lights shines through. This was discovered during the Victorian era rather than the earlier closed back examples. The shoulders are fluted and decorated with wonderful fine black enamel. Enamel work was ofter used in the 15th -17th century. Much of the Cheapside Hoard jewelry (16th-17th century) found and excavated in 1912 in London, England is enamelled. This particular piece is from the Victorian era in the Renaissance Revival style. The bottom part of the shank is polished and smooth, which allows for a comfortable fit and easy sizing. This rare Victorian era ring would make a perfect and unique engagement ring, gift or addition to any fine jewelry collection.
Note: You cannot look at rose cut diamond jewelry factually with a recut formula in mind, its value is object driven. Rose cuts are a greater challenge in estimating weight once they have been mounted (especially if they are closed back). The Old Mine Cut diamond and rose cut diamonds are hand cut, which makes them so special . This is a rare find.
In 1953, GIA formally created its diamond grading system, known as the 4 C's. The 4 Cs of diamond quality are the universally recognized diamond grading system still to be used today. 1n 1955, GIA presented its first diamond grading reports, which became the hallmark of grading reports in the diamond industry. Before this time in antiquity clients did not care about diamond grading. It was based more so on the size of the diamonds ( according to budget) , style, and sentiment. This ring is a wonderful example of the Victorian era, just beautiful!
The earliest diamonds were found in India in 4th century BC, although the youngest of these deposits were formed 900 million years ago. A majority of these early stones were transported along the network of trade routes that connected India and China, commonly known as the Silk Road.
In History of the United Kingdom, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from the 20th of June 1837 until her death on the 22nd of January 1901.
Measurements: Face of Ring 9.00 mm x 9.00 mm
Stone Size: Diamond (Old Mine Cut and Antique Rose-Cut) Approximately .34 carat
Weight: 2.50 grams
Ring Size: 5 1/4
Date: Circa 1860