A beautiful example of an early cluster ring, this is a classic example of the period (around 1790-1800) in form, construction, and materials.
Rose cut diamonds come in a range of shapes but their commonality is in their flat bases, irregular perimeters (for antique ones), and often one or two layers of facets. All these set within this antique ring are double rose cuts with two tiers of facets.
Each diamond is set into a rub-over silver with a ribbed or crimped edge. Barely discernable, the silver appears to be smeared over the diamonds to blur the line where the previous metal leaves off and the stone begins. This helps protect the foiling beneath and the closed-backed nature of the diamonds.
We adore rose cuts for their soft glitter factor and their showy tops. Translation - they look far bigger than their actual weight since their bottoms are flat.
While this cluster has the appearance of an impressive 1.40 carats, in estimated weight (they can't be removed to weigh them) they are closer to 1.00 carat.
On the reverse is 18k yellow gold with a split shank and smooth plain band.
Important: Foiled jewelry should not be exposed to water for extended periods of time nor soaked in any other liquid. In addition, avoid steam or ultrasonic cleaning.