There are no products in your shopping cart.
The ring is handmade of 15 karat yellow gold, but marked 14 kt when it was resized. The date would be 1850's to 1880's for this ring. The ring is set with 10 points of a carat Old European Cut gemstone. The diamond is hand cut and has six prongs holding it in place.
Mine Cut or Old European Cut Diamonds:
The old European Mine cut diamond has a smaller table, a heavy crown, and great overall depth. This diamond cut was the forerunner of the modern brilliant cut.
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. Diamonds 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 a diamonds 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.
The ring size is 4 3/4 but can be resized larger or smaller if needed without compromising the value of the ring. The value for insurance is $1300.00 as of October 2016.