Antique, Civil War Era, Five Mine Cut Diamonds Wedding Ring set in Yellow Gold:

Circa 1860 Diamond Wedding Ring
Mid Victorian Diamond Wedding Ring

T he rings setting is handmade of9 karat Yellow Gold, the bands shoulders are hand designed made with the “Lost Was Method”.
The hand cut diamonds are nice quality for the time period; they are small measuring .09 points of a carat each. The ring has a total diamond weight of .45 points.
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 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. Diamond Cutting 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.

The wedding ring came from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is circa 1860. The ring size is now a 7 and it can be resized smaller or larger if needed. Resizing does not take away value of antique rings. This is a sweet look for a Civil War Diamond ring and looks beautiful on the finger. The ring and diamonds have a current insured value of $1800.00 as of June 2012

Price: $675.00