Victorian Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring Halo

Old cut diamonds can be dangerous; the more of them you see, the more of them you desire to own. Whereas modern brilliant cut diamonds can be nice and sparkly, old European cuts like these are more like individual works of art. Hand cut by craftsmen who spent decades learning their craft; these cutters used no computers or lasers, they used their eyes, their experience and their hands, often cutting with tools they had made themselves. The result is a diamond with a uniqueness of character that simply cannot be found in today's cookie-cutter modern cut stones. This English ring was made in about 1862 and showcases a collection of chunky old European, cushion cut diamonds with large cut facets that cause it to flash with slow and stunning sparks of colorful fire.

This ring is hand crafted in 18 karat gold, it is set with a cluster of 6 diamonds around a larger center diamond. The center of this ring measures 4x4 x2.4 mm and weighs approximately .25 carts, the other 6 measure on average 3.2x3.2x2.1 mm and weigh about .75 carats together for a total diamond weight in this ring of 1.0 carats.

The ring is inscribed but it has been resized a few times and most of the inscription is a bit worn, it seems to say “The Gift of” and possibly “Marriage” and then on the other side the name ‘Taylor’ and ‘July 21st, 1862’. The face of this ring measures 11.3 mm north to south and 15.6 mm across, it sits 5 mm off the finger and narrows to 2.3 mm at the back of the band. This size 6 ring weighs 3.8 grams, it acid tests as 18 karat gold.

A very, very lovely and romantic specimen of a ring.

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