#5550 Antique, Civil War Era Rose Cut and Mine Cut Diamonds Wedding Ring 18 karat Yellow Gold

Rose Cut Diamond Ring Civil War Era
quality Antique Diamond ring

T he rings setting is handmade of 18 karat Yellow Gold, the bands shoulders are hand engraved. The hand cut diamonds are great quality for the time period, the Color is a F which is colorless and Clarity is FL which is Flawless. The Cut is Rose Cut for the center diamond is exceptional quality and 25.points in weight which is one quarter carat. The mind cut diamonds on both sides are .03 points of a carat each, which are small but great quality as the center diamond.
Diamond information: Diamonds, known for over 3000 years, were probably first found in India as loose stones associated with the sand and gravel of riverbeds For centuries they were thought to possess magical powers, no doubt because of their hardness and luster, and were kept, uncut, as sacred objects or important treasures of state by the religious and political leaders of the day. Being regarded as talismans, it was thought that they would lose their powers if they were altered in any way. It wasn't until the 11th century that diamonds were first worn, in their uncut form, as adornments. However, with the use of diamonds in jewelry, sometime in the 13th century it became known that a diamond's appearance could be enhanced by grinding and polishing of the rough crystal. This was achieved by polishing with diamond dust at angles varying slightly from those of the original octahedral faces to form a point cut. A major advance in faceting came about with the introduction of the polishing wheel, in the middle of the 14th century. This led the way for brighter diamonds with increased facet pattern complexity. In this same era the rose cut appeared. Rose cut diamonds were very popular in the 18th century.
Antique Diamonds: 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.
Rose Cut Diamond: Rose cut diamonds were introduced as early as the 1500's and were popular until the early 1900's. The shape of a rose cut diamond resembles the petals of a rose bud. The bottom is flat. The crown is domed shaped and the facets meet in a point in the center. The number of facets varies from 3, 6, 12, 18, to 24 facets.
The wedding ring came from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is Circa 1860. The ring size is 8 1/3 and it has been made larger than the original size as it was passed down in the family. It can be resized to any size need. This is an exceptional quality Civil War Diamond ring and beautiful to wear.

Price: $775.00