Music for the Eyes: Late 19th C. Diamond Ring
The harmony of a sparkling gem and precious metal brings forth a canorous ode to the Muses of Ancient Greece, those Queens of Song whose spirits guided and inspired the designer who created this late 19th century ring.
As a temple dedicated to the Muses, a mount of 18k yellow gold, formed from a cluster of bass clefs encircles the podium of the maestro conductor which is set with an old European cut diamond of an estimated .54 carats (J color; SI1 clarity). Shoulders in the shape of the golden lyres of Clio are set upon the double banded plinths of a smooth column that wraps around the finger of a hand as a symphony of a visual delight plays softly in the background.
Measurements: Just shy of 3/8 of an inch (0.9 cm) in width north to south on the hand and rises 3/16 of an inch (0.5 cm) off the finger. Weight of 3.1 grams (2.0 dwt).
Ring Size: US 6-1/4 (UK L-1/2; Euro 16.75, 52.75 mm) and can be easily sized. Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: Engraving to the interior possibly J.E.N. now quite worn.
Condition: Very good; light wear commensurate with age and use.
Date: Circa 1880 – 1890.
Note: The diamond was removed from its setting for actual weight and grading.