Late Georgian Emerald and Diamond Ring
This ring is a lovely example of late Georgian-era jewelry. It dates to the mid 1800s and features a deep green emerald and six old cut diamonds. As is typical of Georgian jewelry, the ring combines gold and silver. The sawtooth prongs on the emerald and the collets around the diamonds are silver while the balance of the ring is 14k gold. There are no hallmarks present but the metals do test accordingly. The emerald is approximately .20ct and the six diamonds together total approximately .35ct. They are wonderful little diamonds with extraordinary brilliance. Consistent with being nearly 200 years old (!) there is some wear to the prongs around the emerald and a very small chip on the edge of one of the diamonds. These are merely cosmetic issues as all stones remain secure in their mountings. A skilled jeweler could replace the metal around the emerald but I believe the wear to be very forgivable and somewhat charming...evidence this ring was loved and so fortunate to have survived! The width, north to south around the emerald is 5mm. The shoulders are very graceful as they start quite narrow then gradually widen to a 2mm shank. The very base of the shank measures 1.5mm. Currently the ring is a size 5-1/2. Sizing up or down is available upon request.