Antique Russian Amethyst Diamond Ring
It seems as though with each passing month the desire for fine antique Russian jewelry far outstrips its modest reserve. No wonder as this class of jewels not only epitomizes artistry and design but has been often accompanied by princely drama. Just take a simple glance at this amethyst within a garden of old European and transitional brilliant cut diamonds and untold stories of its origins begin to unfold...
This ring is so much more than the sum of its parts with its very high domed sugarloaf cabochon cut amethyst of more than 10 carats. Prized for generations, finer examples such as this have been mined in the Siberian region of Russia and are known for having as deep a pigment as any amethyst can have.
A surround of a mix of nineteen (19) old European and transitional cut diamonds ranging from .05 to .06 carats each (with an estimated total diamond weight of 1 carat; H-I color; VS-SI clarity) forms a corona of brilliance highlighting a magnificent gem. All gems have been mounted in silver-topped yellow gold of 18k.
Measurements: ¾ of an inch (1.9 cm) in width north to south on the hand by just over 5/8 of an inch (1.7 cm) in length east to west and rises 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm) from the finger and 5/16 of an inch (0.7 cm) off the diamonds and setting.
Ring Size: US 5-1/4 (UK Just under J; Euro 15.5, 49 mm) but can be sized to accommodate most any hand. Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: Russian hallmarks could not be saved due to minor restoration.
Condition: Very good; minor restoration of shank.
Date & Origin: Circa 1890 and is Russian in origin.
Note 1: All diamond and gemstone weights, color grades and clarity are approximate as the stones have not been removed in order to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Note 2: An antique box, not original to the ring accompanies the purchase.