Five-Stone Old European-cut Diamond Ring
Created around 1900, this English diamond ring is set with five diamonds mounted in 18K gold. The delicate 18K gold band is set across the top with a tapering line of old European-cut diamonds, approximate total weight 0.75 carats, within an open gallery, completed by a slender 18K gold shank. This delicate handmade ring reads as a twinkling line of white light across the finger, and would love to be paired or stacked with additional gemmy rings or bands.
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- Curator's Notes
Item #: R-20600
Country: Probably England
Size: 8.25 (this ring can be sized; please contact the gallery for further information)
Materials: 5 old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.75 carat); 18K Gold
in the late 19th century, jewelers looked not only to the Art Nouveau for intellectual inspiration but also, as here, back to 18th century diamond creations to express love for luxury. For these 5 stone "half" hoops of diamonds and colored stones, jewelers increasingly reduced the precious metal to concentrate focus on the gems. In contrast to 18th century mountings, in which the gems were enclosed with metal backings, these rings' delicate, open galleries minimize the gold settings that block light reflection and transmission, offering the stones set "a-jour" - in other words, maximally "open to the day". These more graceful, minimalist settings ensured that the diamonds would blaze with light.