Here is an antique diamond engagement ring that is as beautiful from the sides as it is from the top, and is destined to always be loved.
Hand made in the late Victorian era of the 1890's in 18 carat yellow gold, along the top are five European cut diamonds that graduate in size and total 0.57 carats, and not only sparkle beautifully, but have all the charm and character of being genuine antique diamonds that were cut by hand over a century ago.
And then to make the ring sparkle even more, set between each diamond are two single cut diamonds that all come together to total diamonds 0.08 carats. Having these smaller diamonds shows how much attention to detail went into making this ring, as does the incredible scroll work on each side.
This scroll work is as beautiful as the diamonds themselves and shows just how unique and special antique engagement rings truly are.
With the ring measuring 4.2mm wide at the centre by 16mm across, this ring will look lovely on its own, or worn next to a wedding ring.
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Antique engagement ring with scroll work sides
Antique engagement ring with scroll work sides made in 18 carat yellow gold in the Victorian era.
What is a European cut diamond?
During the mid 19th century, the old European cut came into focus, and was an attempt to change the old mine cut stones into a more perfect round cut. These stones can be considered as the first true round brilliant cut diamonds. The facets from the old miners were kept in their same position, but changed shape to a more round and evenly shaped stone.
The culets became smaller, as it was realised that light could leak out from this point in the stone. The development of the modern brilliant cut occurred in the early part of the 20thcentury with further modifications through the century. Diamond cutters apply the brilliant cut to other shapes, and this very exacting skill continues to enthrall craftsman and enthusiasts alike.
What is a single cut diamond?
These are small diamonds usually around 0.01 carats to 0.05 carats in size. They are often found on the shoulders of rings or surrounding a centre stone for example. Generally today's modern technology will allow for a 0.01 carat diamond to have 58 facets and be a round brilliant cut diamond, single cut diamonds were used from the later part of the 19th Century up until around the 1930's-1940's. Commonly found with eight facets on the top (the crown) and eight facets on the bottom (the pavilion) these are sometimes found with total facets between 16 to 18.
Where can I buy an antique engagement ring?
From Kalmar Antiques in Sydney. For over thirty five years, Kalmar Antiques has made a name as Sydney's premier antique jewellery store. Located in the historic Queen Victoria Building, Kalmar Antiques has a large range of genuine antique engagement rings.
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