Le Dazzle - French Rose Cut Diamond Ring
A rose cut diamond is similar to a modern cut brilliant diamond turned upside down. Modern brilliant cuts are flatter on top; their sides are faceted and are pointed and faceted underneath. Rose cuts are flat on the bottom, faceted only on the top and are pointed upward. When set in a certain manner rose cuts exhibit a prism-like ability to shatter light into an electrifying rainbow of color. In addition, their actual weight is often misleading--they tend to appear larger given the flat underside.
Set upon a trellis of platinum topped 18k yellow gold, this French-made ring garners compliments from all angles. Two rose cut diamonds, set on each side, appear in size to be over 1 carat apiece. In actuality, one weighs approximately .58 carats and the other around .50 carats. Remember that rose cuts are cut with a flat bottom so all their size is shown where it counts - in their diameter.
In-between rests a vertical duo of diamonds. Each appears to be approximately .20 carats although literally weighing a tad less than .15 to .20 carats. The color ranges is G-I and the clarity excellent at VS.
The trellis mount sits up prominently at 3/16 of an inch from the top of the finger. This enables light to enter from above and below. The diamonds are totally immersed in light and refract beautifully. The base is accented with pierced 18k gold work of scroll and leaf patterns.
Condition: In excellent condition with light wear to the band.
Hallmarks: French poincons, an owl and another indiscernible mark possibly with an "N", are embedded on the outer rim of the band.
Measurements: The oval measures 13/16 of an inch in length by 5/16 of an inch wide (2 cm by 0.8 cm). Currently a size just under a US 8 (UK just under a P; Euro 18; 56 mm).
Date & Origin: Circa 1915 and French in origin.
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.