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Antique gypsy set ruby and diamond ring made in 1904

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Antique gypsy set ruby and diamond ring made in 1904

This antique ruby and diamond ring was made in the Edwardian era in 1904. Set with a natural ruby in the centre, on each side it is set with a rose cut diamond.

First manufactured in India at the end of the 15th Century, this cut was perfected at the diamond cutting workshops in Antwerp and Amsterdam, and was very popular during most of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Because the base of the diamond was flat, stones were often foiled back to improve the brilliance of the stone. This was achieved by applying foils or tints to the base of the stone.

For a number of years, diamond cutters experimented with variations of the rose cut, resulting in some truly amazing cuts, such as the Dutch rose, half-Dutch and the boat- shaped rose.


Gypsy setting is a term given when there is a star pattern surrounding the stones in the ring which was created by the jeweller pushing into the gold resulting in not only a star pattern but also a bead to add to the security of securing the stone in the ring.

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