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This ring is handmade and holds 36 hand cut diamonds in the Antique Old European Cut. Also bezel set in the front of the band is three hand cut natural Rubies with the perfect Victorian pink color. All the stones are hand set in a 18 karat Whire Gold band. The total carat weight of diamonds in this ring is 78 points of a carat of natural diamonds. The Ruby in the center is 40 points and the two side Rubies are 25 points each.
The following is an excerpt from an article on antique diamonds from “Collecting Antique Jewelry”. When judging diamonds in antique jewelry, one must be careful not to judge antique diamonds by modern standards. Antique diamonds have a soft romantic glow that many people find very appealing. Antique diamonds typically have smaller tables, higher crowns, deeper pavilions and thicker girdles than their modern counterparts. Antique diamonds were cut to maximize carat weight, not "fire". That's why the proportions of old diamonds are quite different from their modern counterparts.
Diamonds were cut by hand until the early 1900's. This was a laborious, time-consuming process. Unfortunately, many antique diamonds have been re-cut with modern cutting techniques. This has caused demand for these old cut diamonds to soar in recent years, along with the prices that people are willing to pay for them.
An antique diamond is oftentimes more expensive than a new diamond with the same carat weight.
This ring is from a collector of antique jewelry from Florida who has collected over 45 years and it is my good fortune to acquire some wonderful pieces from her. This ring is about a Size 6 ¼. This is an approximent ring finger size because the band is too wide it will not go down on the sizing stick all the way. The width is 10 mm wide.
The ring cannot be resized because of the design. This is a beautiful Victorian Ring which is all handmade. The ring and Diamonds and Rubies are in excellent condition and have been checked by my jeweler.