Sinuous Antique Edwardian Diamond Ring
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When is a one carat diamond not a one carat diamond? When three gems visually merge into one crescendo of a ring. The jewelers of the Edwardian period were the unrecognized magicians of their time. A round cut old European diamond of .57 carats (color I, VS1 in clarity) is centered in a marquise or pointed oval shaped cartouche. Flanking the center stone north and south are two more round cut diamonds. The illusion is complete - the placement of the three gems in such close proximity along with their platinum frame gives the unmistakable appearance of a 1 carat diamond marquise cut diamond. Even close up the stones seem to merge into one solid diamond. And the pocket book is certainly smiling.
Additionally, 18 old European and old mine cut diamonds embrace the “1 carat” with a total weight of .90 of a carat. Add the platinum mount with its open work design and mille grain setting and an ethereal Edwardian antique ring has a presence that belies its actual size. Measures 3/8 of an inch in width at the bottom and top (0.8 cm) by ¾ of an inch in length (1.8 cm). Size is US 6 (UK L-1/4; Euro 16.5; 52 mm) and can easily be sized. Weighs 5 g. In very fine condition with some minor wear to the platinum surface sides and back of the ring as expected. Please note that carat weight is approximate, as the stones remain in situ. Dates to circa 1905 – 1915.
If choosing this for an engagement ring, remember it is best worn by itself without a wedding band.
Note: All diamond weights and color grades are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.