Antique Diamond Engagement Ring
In 1922 the world was awash with news about the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Never before were such riches beheld and this created quite an impact on the designers of that time. Egyptian influence was everywhere and Tutamania took over the populace.
Jewelry is certainly no exception to the effect of trends. In this Egyptian revival Art deco ring we find the motif of the lotus flower ornamenting not only the 14k yellow gold shoulders but also the pierced openwork gallery of the mount. Octagons of 14k white gold handsomely display a transitional cut diamond of .49 carats. With its mille grain setting, the diamond sits up high off the finger and presents as being larger than its carat weight would reflect. The stone has F color and clarity of SI and catches all available light with its faceted cut.
Measures 3/8 of an inch (0.9 cm) at the widest and rises ¼ of an inch (1.1 cm) off the finger. Has a weight of 2 grams. Currently a size US 6-1/4 to 6-1/2 (British M; Euro 16.75, 53 mm). The 14k yellow gold shank can easily be sized up or down. In very good to excellent condition. Dates to circa 1925.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.