19th Century large rose cut diamond solitaire ring
This is by far one of the largest, whitest rose cut diamonds I've seen! I estimate it's age to be circa 1880 if not a bit earlier. The diamond is foil lined and closed in the back which is typical of the early to mid Victorian era. The 14k gold mounting is both simple and gorgeous, looking rather crown-like with it's elegantly carved scrolls and six elongated prongs while the negative space in the design creates an effective shadowy contrast to the brightness of the diamond. The resulting impression is undeniably regal and overall this ring is truly spellbinding! The foil behind the diamond appears to have remained flawless over the years and continues to succeed in its job of enhancing the diamond's natural brilliance. Rose cut diamonds (particularly when set with closed backs) are difficult if not impossible to measure accurately for weight. I'm therefore estimating conservatively at .80ct (up to 1.00ct) and I sought a second opinion from a professional jeweler who confirmed my estimation. The measurement across the the diamond north to south is 6.5mm while east to west it measures 7mm. The highest point of the diamond as it rises in the setting above your finger is approximately 7mm. The shoulders measure 5mm wide and they taper gradually to 2mm at the base. The shank has two parallel grooves that add just the right amount of interest to compliment the upper portion of the ring. Currently the ring is a size 8 and can be sized up or down upon request.