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Natural Freshwater Pearl and Diamond Ring

Created at the end of the 19th century, this natural pearl and diamond ring is set in platinum and gold. It centers a round freshwater white pearl, with old mine-cut diamond surround and shoulders, platinum-topped gold mount. This charming and delicate period ring contrasts white luminescence with white brilliance.

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Item #: R-20921
Circa: 1910
Size: 5 (this ring can be sized; please contact the gallery for further information)
Materials: 1 natural freshwater pearl (measuring approximately 6.70mm); 12 old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.30 carats); platinum-topped 18K gold mount
Signed: Unsigned, number 120

Platinum-topped gold was an innovation that allowed diamonds to be set in white metal that enhanced their brilliance, while retaining a non-irritating goa ld underside that sits softly against the skin. Toward the beginning to the 20th century, French jewelers such as Cartier found that using exclusively platinum in their jewels allowed them to refine mounts even further toward delicacy and greater invisibility.