Handsome Victorian Men's Diamond Ring
Considering this ring is approximately 125 years old, isn't it surprisingly modern?! It was hand carved in 18k gold and is hallmarked with a "ct" for carat versus a "k" which indicates it was made outside of the US. The style is called Belcher after a man of the same name who is recognized for having introduced this new design in the late 1800s. What differentiates a Belcher from any other prong-type setting is that the prongs on a Belcher setting are carved in place out of what begins as a solid piece of gold and will finally become a sturdy, handsome ring. This technique improves the longevity of the ring as a whole and results in a very distinct appearance. The table of the stone sits no higher than the gold mounting and visually it can look as if the prongs grow right up and out of the ring itself, enveloping the stone at the center. In this case, the stone is a beautiful, twinkly Old Mine cut diamond. The shape is very slightly oval with a relatively high crown and medium sized cutlet. The weight is estimated at .20ct with color and clarity evaluated as G to H and SI3. Currently the size is an 11-1/2 yet it can be sized down as far as an 8 upon request. I do not recommend going much smaller than that but do feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding your size in particular. Belcher style rings were typically meant for men which likely explains why this one is a large size. However, this design today is not necessarily feminine or masculine making it suitable for whomever likes it! In fact, my own engagement ring is a Victorian men's Belcher setting that I fell madly in love with. But a simple sizing was all it took to make it mine!