Elegance Unfolded: Edwardian Diamond & Emerald Ring
The contrasts between HRH Queen Victoria and her successor son, King Edward VIII were great. Not only did Victoria reign for seven fold the years of Edward, his era reflected the extremes of extravagance and sophistication as much as her era of consummate restraint and propriety. The Belle Époque incorporated fashion and elegance as the preeminent values of society with total femininity as its prototypical muse.
In this 18k white gold ring the ideals of the Edwardian era easily triumph. With a presence that is beyond compare, a superb mount of filigree openwork extols the virtues of the jeweler’s artistry with floral and scroll designs. Five (5) antique diamonds of a transitional cut (one between an old European and a modern brilliant cut) vie for dominance with thirty-four (34) square cut emeralds. The center diamond is approximately .17 carats and each of the four (4) accent diamonds are estimated at 0.5 carats, bringing the total diamond weight to about .37 carats. Square cut emeralds are channel set along the edges of the ring only to be trumped by the kite-shaped cut emerald at each end.
The artisanship of fine jewelry often includes the quality of work on the reverse of the piece. The azuring or filing of each compartment that holds a gem can be sloppy or even non-existent for low grade and poor quality jewelry. In this example the setting is crisp and fine with precise and smooth azuring—another characteristic of a high level of workmanship.
Measures more than ¼ of an inch (0.8 cm) in width and rises from finger more than 1/8 of an inch (0.5 cm). Has a weight of 4 grams. Currently a size US 6-1/4 (British M; Euro 16.75, 53 mm)and can be sized by our expert jewelers. Condition is excellent; light wear as expected with age and use. Ambiguous evidence of previous resizing. Dates to circa 1915 and the end of the age of Edwardian elegance. Perfect to symbolize engagement or wear as the très elegant right hand ring.
Note: All gem weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.