Antique Diamond Engagement Ring, Dutch c. 1875 in 14k Gold

   In my humble opinion, some of the best museums in Europe are located along the gorgeous old brick and cobblestone streets of Amsterdam, along with lovely canals and markets of tulips and amazing architecture, and wonderful food and friendly folk, and…. well, I could go on. If I’m not buying jewels you might find me in one of these lovely museums on my, sadly too infrequent, visits to this loveliest of cities.  

   On my last visit in early autumn, when I wasn’t touring the Reijksmuseum or lunching at the Cobra Café, I was buying jewels. Here’s one of them, a fantastically sparkly and completely perfect diamond engagement ring.  

   Set in 14 karat gold, this handcrafted ring boast a lovely and deep sparkling .6 carat Old European cushion cut diamond winking away in a classical prong mount. The diamond is very clean even with a 10x jewelers loupe and about a I/J color (it’s hard to judge as it’s mounted in gold, so I’m erring on the side of caution in my estimate). The sides are set with 5 sparkling rose cut diamonds on each shoulder for a total of 11 diamonds in the ring. The main diamond measures 4.8 mm north to south and 4.4 mm across, it is 3.5 mm deep. This ring is a size 7.75 and could be resized safely by about one size in either direction and no more.  It weighs 1.8 grams, and is marked ’14’ for 14 karat gold. Probably Dutch in origin, this perfectly wonderful ring dates to about 1870-1880.

   As well as being cultured and truly lovely, Amsterdam is a very romantic city; standing on the Magerebrug bridge over the Amstel river at sunset would make a nice place to ask for her hand (just don’t drop the ring!). Or do what I did, and honeymoon here. I highly recommend getting a top floor room at one of the 17th century bed and breakfasts that are tucked away along the tree lined canals. Climb the stairs to room under the sweeping iconic eves of an Amsterdam room and step back into the feel of an authentic slice of Old Europe.

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