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The ring is handmade of 14karat white gold, and marked 14k. This ring is set with an Old European Cut 30 point almost 1/3 carat in Diamond weight.
In the language of Gems in the Victorian time period the diamond meant “Forever Thine or True Love”.
About the European Cut Diamonds:
The old European cut is an antique type of diamond cut that was fashioned long before modern technology allowed minute precision and geometrically perfect diamond shapes. A descendent of the old mine cut and a refinement of cushion cuts, European cut diamonds have a heavy, bulky crown The body of the gem is very deep, and the culet of the gem is generally larger and more open than in contemporary cuts. The overall shape of the stone is round; though some European cuts may be slight ovals due to the imprecise cutting methods used generations ago. This cut was most popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and today it can be found in many antique and vintage rings and diamond jewelry.
Grading of the Diamond:
The diamond is bright and strongly set with 4 prongs. The gemstone is VS-2 in Clarity (Very Slightly Included usually just 2 or 3 tiny inclusion visible only to a trained eye under 10x loupe), which is a very fine rating for diamonds. The Color is graded is H-G (near-colorless. Color difficult to detect unless compared side by side with a better grades) an excellent Value.
In this time period, diamonds were hand cut with other diamonds, which were the hardest material available.
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 talisman that 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 grinding and polishing of the rough crystal could enhance a diamond’s appearance.
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.
The ring size is 8 1/2 and has been resized larger but can be resized larger or smaller if needed without compromising the value of the ring.
This Edwardian Diamond Ring is an original one of a kind, turn of the century ring. The insured value is $2600.00 as of April 2016.