Finding authenticity in Georgian pieces of jewelry is a challenge and once found, a pure delight.
The fact that this was a Georgian diamond button gives one absolute assurance (along with our expertise of over 20 years) that this is indeed the real deal. Diamond buttons of this type went the way of the powdered wig, although a few early 19th-century examples can be found.
So we are delighted this was converted from a button as the icing on the cake as proof (along with many other factors) that this is the genuine article.
Astounding in size and glitter factor, it measures over 1 inch in diameter. Even the button's depth is another clue to its long history.
Fully encrusted with rose-cut diamonds, the top holds 50 in all and 4 more on each shoulder. These range in size from 1 carat down to .05 carats for the cluster. In total, the ring visually read equivalent to 5.64 carats of diamonds.
In reality, since rose cuts are flat on the reverse, the actual weight by estimated is that of 4.10 carats. Their color, as characteristic of the day, ranging from H-M, and clarity of SI1-I-1 (for clear inclusions).
Silver is the medium of choice for the setting of the diamonds as no other white precious metal was in use at the time. A rhythmic dimpled edge surrounds the circular top.
The bottom was backed with 14k rose gold. A later rippled 14k shank with ornate silver shoulders that is set with rose-cut diamonds adds drama.
Wearable, and not for the faint of heart, it's the epitome of your Georgian collection. Please avoid excess liquid and water exposure, never clean with an ultrasonic.