Victorian Diamond Flower Cluster Ring
Rendered in 18k yellow gold, seven (7) old mine cut diamonds (with an estimated total diamond weight of .15 points, color H-I and clarity VS2) unite to form a floral cluster of sparkle and fire. A flower within a flower—as the gems are mounted within an open claw flower setting. Tapering shoulders appointed with rounded columns descend into a buttery smooth band of 18k gold.
Measurements: 5/8 of an inch (0.8 cm) north to south on the hand by 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm) from diamond to diamond in width and rises 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) off the finger. This antique ring has a weight of 2.5 grams (1.6 dwt).
Ring Size: US size 4-1/2 (UK I; Euro 15.25, 48.5 mm) and can be easily sized to accommodate any hand.
Hallmarks: 18 for 18k and the British crown mark.
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is English in origin.
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.
Historical Note: The ever sentimental Victorians surrounded themselves indoors and out with nature. Flowers, trees, plants, birds, gardens and vines were everywhere. Such motifs graced the furniture, the wall paper and even the draperies and brought with it a small taste of the natural world. Jewelry was no exception to this penchant for the natural world.