Brilliance Squared - Old European Diamond Ring
With origins dating back to the 1890s, the old European cut diamond is an ancestor or precursor to the modern round brilliant cut diamond. These stones have an open culet, the area at the bottom of the diamond where all the facets come together. On these diamonds, instead of a perfect point, there is a tiny, round flat area. Also, the table or flat top of a diamond is often a bit smaller than modern diamonds. Known for their charisma and character, they are still highly prized today.
An old European cut diamond of about .75 carats (F-G color and clarity of VS2) is nestled within the framework of an 18k white gold mount. A pierced and open work gallery presents this jewel of a diamond with a high rise from the finger. Each of the wide tapering engraved and bead set shoulders are graced with three (3) single cut accent diamonds of approximately .02 points apiece, bringing the total estimated diamond weight to .87 carats of shimmering brilliance. The entire top surface of the band is appointed with delicate engravings.
Measurements: The top square is 5/16 of an inch each way (.9 cm) and rises a little over 1/4 inch off the finger (.6 cm). Currently a size US 7 (UK N; Euro 17-1/4, 54.5 mm) and can be sized to fit most. Has a weight of 1.9 grams.
Date: Diamond is early 20th century set within a modern mount.
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.