Vintage Advantage in a 20th C. Diamond Ring
How can .90 carats of diamonds look like 5 carats? With a flick of the wrist and the ingenious illusion setting invented in the mid 1800s by Oscar Massin. Originally termed “monture illusion”, diamonds are set in collets with their edges shaped or bent around the stones in such a manner that the stones are perceived as larger.
Wonderfully demonstrated in a real-life example, thirty-one (31) single cut diamonds of an estimated .90 carats have been set in a 14k white gold navette shaped mount. With each diamond encased in white gold and set closely together, this 20th century ring is viewed as one grand reflective surface of sparkling diamonds.
Measurements: 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) in length north to south on the hand by 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm) in width and rises 1/4 of an inch (0.5 cm) in height from the finger. Weight of 4.2 grams (2.6 dwt).
Ring Size: US 9-3/4 (UK T; Int. Dia. 19.5; Euro 61.5 mm; Japan 19.5) and can be easily sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: “14k”; maker’s mark of “CK”.
Date & Origin: Mid to later 20th century and is American in origin.
Note: Diamonds have not been removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. All diamond weights have been approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weights.
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