Centuries Collide - Portrait Diamond Ring
One of the earliest diamond cuts dating back to the Renaissance was termed the portrait diamond. Yes, a diamond was polished in a flat plane just as a glass would be, often to cover a miniature painted portrait. Exceedingly rare, this is an example some 400 years later from the early 20th century.
A splendid and all out extravagance is wrapped in the form of a two (2) carat portrait diamond in a hexagonal shape with color of J and clarity VS2-SI1. The sides are beveled creating a rim of glinting decadence set into a mille grain border of platinum. Next are eighteen (18) old mine cut diamonds with .30 carats total diamond weight partnered with .20 carats of fancy cut deep and radiant green natural emeralds set into 18k yellow gold. The diamond areas are platinum topped and the shank is yellow gold.
Measurements: The top measures 11/16 of an inch (1.7 cm) by 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm). This ring has a weight of 3.9 grams (2.6 dwt).Currently a size US 6- 3/4 (UK N; Euro 17.25, just over 54 mm) and easily sized by our jewelers.
Date: Circa 1925
Overall Scale: Medium
Note: All diamond and gemstone weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.