Sleek Circa 1900 Belcher Setting Engagement Ring
It's hard to believe this sleek and pristine ring is over 100 years old! Dating from circa 1900 the style of this 14k gold mounting is called a "Belcher" setting. This ring began as a solid little block of gold and the jeweler would have carved away at it to create this beautiful and sturdy design. This is how the jeweler could acquire the most significant, qualifying feature of a Belcher setting: the prongs! They are a fluid continuation of the shank, not applied or soldered into place. Typically they taper from base to tip, gliding right over to hold the very edge of the stone with no protrusions or pointed ends. This results in a very smooth surface with nothing to catch or snag on your clothing. This particular ring was carved with a graceful scallop design between each of the 6 prongs which allows a tremendous amount of light to illuminate the diamond. The ring is accompanied by an EGL certificate which states the following about the diamond:
Carat weight: .58ct
The inner shank is hallmarked for 14k and the metal does test accordingly. Currently the ring is a size 6 and can be sized upon request.