Exciting Victorian Platinum, French Design “Toi et Moi” Diamond Ring, set in 18 karat Rose Gold and Platinum:

Antique Diamond Ring with Platinum and 18 karat Gold
Doamond Platinum Rose Cut and Mine Cut Origninal Ring in 18 kt Gold
1101

This was made by a Jeweler in America, about the years between the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. The handmade setting is made of platinum to hold the ten Rose Cut natural Diamonds. The rings band is 18 karat Rose Gold and original to the ring. The two off set larger rose cut diamonds are 10 points each and the ring is also set with eight small rose cut natural diamonds. Some of the diamonds do have inclusions of carbon and growth lines natural to the gemstone, as do a lot of early diamonds.
The ring is in a French design which means “to you from me” called “Toi et Moi”
A bit of background on the diamond gemstones: 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. During the early 18th century, Brazil, the new center of world diamond production, gave rise to the old-mine cut, forerunner of the modern brilliant cut having 33 crown and 25 pavilion facets, the same 58 facets as today's round brilliants.
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 Gemstones: 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 somewhat domed shaped, some more domed that others, the earlier cuts were flatter. The number of facets varies from 3, 6, 12, 18, to 24 facets.
The ring is a size 8 ¼ now and could be re-sized if needed. The ring is in excellent condition and is strong to wear. The current insured value of this ring is $2100.00 as of January 2012.

Price: $695.00