E571 Diamond Pendant set in 15 karat Yellow Gold Setting, Civil War Era 1855 to 1865:


The Pendant is handmade of 15 karats yellow gold tested with a bale of 14 karat. The setting has leaves, wire work and a Diamond in a basket setting which is designed to look like a flower. The hand cut bright Diamond is 10points in weight and is Mine Cut. At the bottom of the pendant is a freshwater pearl dangle.
Information on Mine-cut Diamonds:
From the early 18th century to the late 19th century, the old mine cut was perhaps the most common diamond cut and the cut you’ll most often find in Georgian (1714-1837) and Victorian era (1837-1901) jewelry. You can recognize an old mine cut diamond by its squarish shape: it has 58 facets like today’s modern round brilliant cut diamond, but that’s where the similarity ends. In addition to a different form, an old mine cut has different diamond proportions: it typically has a smaller table, larger culet, and higher crown. It also has short lower half facets and a girdle that is very thin in places and, as a result of these factors, an old mine cut diamond has a very distinctive look.
Early diamond cutters (today is known as Brutus) shaped old mine cut diamonds by following the octahedral shape of the diamond crystal, laboriously grinding two diamonds together to achieve the desired shape, and a diamond polisher then polished the facets. Due to the shape of the rough and because the diamonds were handcrafted, dimensions varied from stone to stone. This makes every old mine cut diamond unique, or put poetically, have its personality. The pendant has a lot of handmade detail, using the yellow gold for the base of the pendant and adding the green gold in three areas on the pendant face. Green gold was known to the Lydians as long ago as 860 BC under the name electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of silver and gold. It appears as greenish- yellow rather than green.
Antique Diamonds: Diamonds were cut by hand until the early 1900s. This was a complicated, 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. An antique diamond is often more expensive than a new diamond with the same carat weight. The size of the pendant is 1 1/8 of an inch tall and 5/8 of an inch wide.
The pendant and Diamond are in excellent condition and sturdy to wear. The pendant comes with a new gold chain.

Price: $595.00