Turn-of-the-Century Sparkling Rose Cut Diamond Ring
This ring is simple at a glance but up close you'll see it is a combination of extraordinary tiny details that you only find in handmade jewelry. It was made near the turn of the last century, circa 1900, and indeed was crafted entirely by hand. The top half is silver set with seven old rose cut diamonds. The design is a very wonderful blend of simple geometric shapes that create a perfect balance of positive and negative space. Don't the two large cut-outs on the sides resemble a key hole you might find on an antique jewelry box?! The general shape and contour of the ring are very flattering and comfortable, particularly because the profile is quite low. Therefore the ring simply curves right against your finger. All of the edges were treated by the jeweler with an extremely fine millegrain texture and each of the smaller diamonds are held in place with two or three small beads. The high points are bright while the low points, which are like shallow channels, have acquired a natural patina that is dark enough to give the impression of being enamel. This makes for a striking contrast and further enhances the design. The center diamond is approximately .15ct and is set in a simple bezel. The 14k shank begins where the silver portion tapers to its smallest point. There is a little rounded notch on each side and then the balance of the shank has two parallel grooves which continue the whole length. The measurement north to south across the top of the ring is 9mm. It then tapers dramatically all the way to the shank which begins as 2mm wide and narrows slightly to 1mm at the base. There are no hallmarks present yet I can confirm that the results of acid testing are 14k and silver. Currently the ring is a size 8-1/2. Sizing down to as far as a 5-1/2 is no problem at all. If you require a size much smaller than that please just let me know. I would want to discuss the possibility with my jeweler first.