Antique Belle Époque Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Gold and Platinum

They called it 'La Belle Époque', the Beautiful Era, and it's as well they should have. From about 1871 to the beginning of World War I in 1914, peace and prosperity flourished throughout Europe and especially settled in France and England. The arts flourished, money flew, it was truly a golden age. This ring was made then, there, in that Europe of the early 20th century, amidst that optimism, that joie de vivre! 

Completely hand crafted by a master of the art, this ring is a joy to behold. The center stone is an approximately 1 carat sapphire in a rich, deep blue and it is surrounded by 8 old European cut diamonds set in a rectangular floral form. The diamonds all up to about 1.5 carats total weight and are lovely and bright and clean. The ring is 18 karat gold in the back and the top stones are all set in platinum, this kind of 18 karat and platinum construction is very typical of the Belle Époque (which corresponds to the English Edwardian Era), as jewelers didn't really start using all platinum construction until the 1920's (with some exceptions). At some point this ring has been plated in white metal, perhaps 18 karat white gold. The ring is currently a size 6.5. This ring weighs 3.2 grams. This ring feels French to me and I purchased it in Paris, but if there was a mark, it’s long gone. We would be happy to re-size this ring to suit upon request. The color on this natural sapphire is fantastic and it shows no signs of heat treatment under the microscope, further analysis would need to be done to determine its origin. 

This beautiful ring from the beautiful era would make a fantastic and unusual engagement ring, a precious gift for any occasion or a stunning right hand ring that could be worn from blue-jeans to ball gowns! 

I offer layaway on most items purchased for full retail price. In general my layaway terms are 1/3 down and 1/3 in 30 days and the last 1/3 in 60 days. I am flexible so if you are interested please ask me and we can work out a payment plan that suits you. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only. 

I always want you to be happy with every aspect of your purchase. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason simply let me know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a full refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!

Item ID:RGA20622VA



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