Gossamer Circle of Light - Antique Diamond Ring
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Ethereal lightness characterizes this delightful example of Edwardian style. Jewelry of this time had to complement fashion dictated by feathers, silk and lace and usually of a monochromatic color scheme. The whiteness of platinum merging with the brilliance of diamonds lends itself quite nicely to that image of delicacy and femininity.
Concentric circles of platinum and gems form the basis for the design of this antique ring. A .20 carat modified cushion cut diamond of approximately a “J” color is the bull’s eye in this target of fine openwork of platinum lace. Twenty (20) old European cut diamonds (sixteen are .015 carats each and at the cardinal points are four more of .02 carats each) surround the central stone. Each shoulder of the band begins with three (3) additional diamonds of .01 carats apiece. A total diamond weight for the ring of just less than 0.6 carats culminates in a crescendo as it sits upon a slightly tapered shank. Exquisite metal smithing of the highest caliber incorporates a Greek key pattern so minute it appears as though spun of silver threads. Fine Edwardian jewelry is exemplified by the minute details of the setting. By examining the underside, particularly beneath the gems, it is apparent that the finishing is precise and meticulous - simply stellar.
In fine condition with light wear commensurate with age and use. Size US 7 (UK N-1/2; Euro 53) and can be sized. Please note all weights are approximate as the diamonds were not removed from their setting. Color and clarity are also determined in situ and thus may differ if removed and examined. Circa 1900 and most likely, English in origin. Simply portrays a classic and flawless design even today.