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Spanish Lace - Edwardian Platinum , 14K Gold Diamond Filigree Ring. This exquisite ring is crafted from platinum, and 14K gold, hallmarked 14K, and tested. Featuring one natural round cut (centre) diamond, and 6 natural antique cut diamonds, Edwardian styling, and quality craftsmanship. This gallery on this ring is made from platinum. It showcases intricate detail, which consists of delicate piece-work, and milgrain decoration. Below the platinum gallery there is a 14K layer of yellow gold, which has the same pierce-work as the layer of platinum. The band is also crafted from yellow gold, and has a wonderful rich buttery gold color. The shank is smooth and polished, which allows for a comfortable fit, and easy sizing. This Edwardian era ring is delicate, and is a wonderful example of the painstaking work seen in Edwardian era jewelry. Truly like Spanish lace! 

Note: Contemporary appraisal do not reflect the antique value of antique jewelry. This ring is masterly crafted, with very fine detail, and in fantastic condition. 

History: 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.

The Italian-French physician Julius Caesar Scaliger discovered Platinum in 1557. In 1590 Spanish Conquistadors discovered a white metal in the rivers of Equador. Not realizing its superb qualities, they named it contemptuously platina (little silver) and threw it back into the river to ripen into silver.

Platinum was officially “discovered” by Spanish mariner Antonio de Ulloa in 1736 in Colombia and he wrote the first scientific description of the metal. This led to platinum being studied by scientists who were intrigued by its resistance to corrosion and their inability to melt it.

Gold was generally used for a couple thousand years solely to create things such as jewelry and idols for worship. This was until around 1500 BC when the ancient empire of Egypt, which benefited greatly from its gold-bearing region, Nubia, made gold the first official medium of exchange for international trade.

The Edwardian era or Edwardian period of British history spanned the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910 and is sometimes extended to the start of the First World War. The death of Queen Victoria in January 1901 marked the end of the Victorian era.


Measurements: Face of the ring 14.00 x 9.50 mm 

Stone Size: Diamond .09 carats 

Weight: 1.50 grams

Ring size: 6 1/2 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: Spain 

Date: Circa 1910

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