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Antique ruby and diamond ring with scroll work sides

Looking at this ring from any side will show why there is nothing quite as exciting and special as a genuine antique ring and one that has been entirely hand made such as this ring here.

Made in 18 carat gold and platinum in the early 1900's, sitting proud in the centre is a beautiful and vibrant natural ruby that measures 0.46 carats and displays such a fine red colour.

Then set on each side are two mine cut diamonds, also known as cushion cut diamonds that total 0.52 carats. And then in such a sweet manner, there are two charming rose cut diamonds set on each side that showcase how much attention to detail went into making this ring all those years ago.

Measuring 5.4mm wide at the centre by 15.8mm across, looking at the side of the ring will take your breath away. The magnificent scroll work is nothing short of spectacular, and made even more wonderful that it was all done by hand with no computer CAD designing or casting, which again showcases the exceptional quality of jewellery that was produced all those years ago.

This is such a fine antique ruby and diamond ring that would make the perfect engagement ring or ruby anniversary present.


Stock# ET926

Circa: 1910



Antique ruby and diamond ring with scroll work sides

Antique ruby and diamond ring set with mine cut diamonds and rose cut diamonds.

What is a mine cut diamond? What is a cushion cut diamond?

At the start of the 18th century, a great leap forward emerged with the “invention” of the new 58-facetted diamond. At the time, these were the closest resemblance to today’s brilliant cut diamond. These are referred to as old mine cut diamonds, or “old miners” as well as “cushion cut diamonds” . These were cut often squarish or cushion shaped, with quite a steep angle on the crown and pavilion. This was to maximise weight retention in the diamond. As well as these features, the “old miners” often had quite a large culet or collet, the horizontal base formed by the blunting of a point when the stone is cut as a brilliant.

old mine cut diamonds

Images of the old mine cut diamonds.

What is a rose cut diamond?

The design of a rose cut diamond resembles a rose bud. Comprising of a flat base with a number of triangular facets arranged in rows above each other, meeting at a sharp point in the centre.

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


Example of the rose cut diamond from the side and the top.

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.

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