One of the things I love about antique jewelry is that it has to be the world's best recyclable! This wonderful and clever bit of recycling features an antique hard stone cameo that probably started out life as the head of a stick pin, but has been re-imagined into this lovely and stylish and eminently more wearable ring. A true sign that classical beauty never goes out of fashion!
The top of the ring, in which the cameo is mounted, is the original head of the stick pin and was hand crafted with a lovely twisted wire-work frame in 14 karat gold. The hand crafted ring shank has been designed with the perfect classical accents to compliment the cameo, it is crafted in 18 karat gold, and is marked as such inside the band. The top dates to about 1880, the shank shows some signs of wear, so I would say the conversion was probably done some 20 years ago or more. The stone is carnelian and the carving is of a lovely Grecian woman in profile, it has a wonderful orange-rose color, there is a slight chip in the stone at the bottom in the white frame, it's visible in the close up photo, it's very small but bears mentioning. The ring is a size 7.5 and could be sized up or down, the shank is quite substantial and the ring weighs 5.2 grams.
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This circa 1900 ring was hand crafted of 18 karat yellow gold and features a row of five Blue Sapphires prong set in the East/West orientation and accented by Eight tiny Rose Cut Diamonds set at the top and bottom between each Sapphire. The low profile ring has a narrow tapered band, increasing toward the long gallery which has a scroll design side gallery. The under gallery is open behind each stone for ease in cleaning.
The stones were measured and graded in the setting as follows:
Five natural Blue Sapphire, Corundum (antique cushion cut)
*note: these stones appear un-treated under microscopic examination. Further testing to determine non-treated Sapphire would require a major Gemological laboratory such as AGL Measured at:
4.7 x 4.5 x 2.15 mm Weight calculated by formula at: 0.33 carat
4.7 x 4.3 x 2.12 mm Weight calculated by formula at: 0.32 carat
5.1 x 4.28 x 3.1 mm Weight calculated by formula at: 0.50 carat
5.0 x 4.4 x 1.9 mm Weight calculated by formula at: 0.33 carat
4.78 x 4.3 x 3.0 mm Weight calculated by formula at: 0.45 carat
Total carat weight calculated at 1.93
All graded in the setting at: Clarity: VS 1- VS 2
Color: Strong Blue/Deep Blue, Dark Blue Gray tone 10 Saturation (2.5 PB 3/10) using the World of Color grading system
7 rose cut diamonds
measured at: 1.3 mm each
weight estimated at: 0.01 carat each, approximately 0.07 cttw
1 single cut diamond (set upside down)
measured at: 1.3 mm
weight estimated at: 0.01 carat
graded in the setting at: Color: G - H - I Clarity: VS2 - SI2 using the GIA scale
Total diamond weight estimated at 0.08 cttw
Weight: 4.53 grams Measurements: Band: 1.8 - 3.8mm
Gallery: 20.04 mm long x 6.3 mm wide x 4.12 mm deep Hallmarks: None
Metal Acid Tested: 18 Karat
Condition: Very Good (wear commensurate with age, one replacement diamond)
Quality: Very Good
Refer to photo. Images not actual size. Refer to Diamond Grading and Instruments Chart.
Retail Replacement Value (comparable) $ 6,000.00
In a pretty city carriage with berry pink seats and a sweet horse with chestnut fur, the sky turned to twilight and the two of you sat huddled side by side in the chilled air. Of course, neither of you paid the least bit of attention to the temperature, because an hour ago, he asked for your hand and gifted you a ring with sparkling diamonds and glowing sapphires. You said nothing at first, your jaw just dropped and your gloved hands flew up to cover it. Then you laughed and giggled, slipped off a glove and held out your hand. “Yes” and he smiled wide and his eyes were happier than you’d ever seen them.
This fantastic late Victorian ring was hand crafted around 1890-1900. It is done all in 18 karat gold and is set with three sapphires as blue as the sky at twilight and four old cut diamonds sparkling like evening stars. The Sapphires add up to .35 carats and the ring measures 5 mm north to south and 12.5 mm across, it sits 3 mm off the finger. This ring was likely fully hallmarked at one time but has been resized and lost its marks, it is a size 5.5 and weighs 2.6 grams. It has been acid tested to verify gold content.
This ring would make a great addition to a stack or a wonderful gift for any occasion!
They called it 'La Belle Époque', translated as ‘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 Paris 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 modified target type ring, set with row upon alternating row of glittering white diamonds and rich blue sapphires. The 17 diamonds add up to about 1.2 carats in total and the two rings of calibre cut sapphire are about .7 carats total. 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). This ring has a fairly worn hallmark, but it is the eagles head assay mark which tells us that it is French and contains 18k gold. The ring is currently a size 7 and measures 20 mm north to south and 14.5 mm across, it sits 5 mm off the finger and narrows to 1.3 mm at the back of the band. Made in Paris, France around 1910.
This beautiful ring from the beautiful era would make a precious gift for any occasion or a stunning right hand ring that could be worn from blue-jeans to ball gowns!