For centuries, the great cities of Europe maintained their domination in the world of fine jewelry in the West. However, a shift took place focused about the 1880s onward and America gained its due.
Brought about in part by the burgeoning wealth of the industry magnates in railroads, shipping, steel and the like, money and socialites reigned supreme from San Francisco to NY.
With this came a new wave of high jewelry, noted for its use of white on white (diamonds or diamonds and pearls) and the Edwardian aesthetic that included platinum and fine metal work, garland or bow motifs, openwork metal, milgrain detail (beaded edges) and once again diamonds and more diamonds.
A classic of the period, this ring is all about the fineness of detail, artistry and refinement. Let's face it, if you are looking for bling and flash, other options await.
A no heat blue oval faceted sapphire of .35 carats is centermost. A lattice of platinum topped 18k yellow gold serves as its net. Surrounding this, ten old European diamonds add their glints and gleams for a total of .78 carats.
Typical of the period the diamonds are color H-I, clarity SI1-3. A slender yellow gold shank lovingly shows its finish, buttery smooth.