BI 106 Antique Wedding Ring circa 1860, 18 karat Gold with Mine Cut Natural Diamond:


The setting is handmade of 18 karat yellow gold. The mine cut Diamond was hand cut using another diamond to cut the gemstone. Diamonds were the hardest material known at that time and used to cut almost all gems by hand. The diamond size is 10 points of a carat.
Diamond information:
Graded for Clarity: VS1, VS2-Very Slightly Imperfect--the Diamond would have small inclusions which are slightly difficult to see under a loupe with a ten power magnification. Color is F, which is colorless! On all grading points of cut, clarity, and color this diamond rates very fine quality by today diamond standards and excellent for 19th Century standards.
Diamonds weren't cut until the 14th century, and it wasn't until 1725 that deposits were larger deposits were discovered in Brazil, and it wasn't until 1866 that l South Africa's substantial storehouse was unearthed.
The hardest, densest natural substance known to man, diamonds have been a source of fascination (and misinformation) since 800 BC when they were first presented to royalty in India. In those days, the Indians believed that diamonds were created when lightning struck the rocks. Amazingly, the sub-continent was the only producer of diamonds for an astounding 2,500 years.
Old Mine Cut Diamonds
The old mine cut Diamond is the earliest form of the modern brilliant cut. Also called the "cushion cut," it has a cushioned shaped girdle.
This cut of a diamond is characterized by a high crown, small table, deep pavilion, and large culet. Other names for this cut are the old miner and triple cut brilliant.
The ring's size is 4 3/4 but could be resized if needed; rings band were designed to be resized since the tradition was to hand the ring down as an heirloom. The Diamond and setting are in excellent condition and strong to wear.

Price: $800.00