Antique Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring
Jewelry of this period reflected a return to nature and featured botanical motifs. Favored stones were of course, diamonds.
This circa 1850 antique ring utilizes a leaf form motif in a play of forms. Fifteen (15) bright and dazzling old mine and cushion cut diamonds are open backed and set in silver over 9k yellow gold. At this time silver was the only white metal in wide used as platinum did not come to the forefront until later and white gold was not yet invented.
All the diamonds are hand cut and the wide variety of shapes and sizes is to be expected with gems of this era. With a size range from about .04 carats to .07 carats, the total estimated diamond weight is approximately .75 carats. The five (5) central stones are placed in a rub over pinched collet mount. The remaining ten (10) diamonds surrounding the central gems have been mounted in unusual leaf form collets. The bifurcated yellow gold shoulders echo the botanically inspired design with the addition of a small engraved leaf. The shoulders gradually descend into a smooth unadorned band of gold.
Measures more than ½ of an inch (1.3 cm) at the widest and has a weight of 3.1 grams.
Size: US 7 (British N-1/2; Euro 17.25, 54.5 mm) and can be sized up or down to fit most. Ring sizing information.
In good to very good condition; medium wear to the band; two diamonds appear to have been reinforced in their mount with one possibly replaced. English in origin.
Note: All diamond weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.