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Art Deco .97ct Old Mine Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

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Art Deco .97ct Old Mine Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

$4,600.00


Description

DATE: Art Deco, c.1920

A superb Art Deco period solitaire engagement ring set with a gorgeous chunky old mine cut diamond. The stone features a huge open culet, high table facet, and plenty of flash and fire associated with these old cut stones. It rests in a platinum four-claw mount, with further diamonds accenting the pinched shoulders. The band is 18k white gold, and the eagle hallmark to the outer band indicate it was made in France. 

Old mine cut diamonds were cut by hand and measured by eye, before the invention of electric light, making each one distinctive and unique. The name has had different meaning over the ages, it came into common use towards the end of the 19th century when global production began to shift from the "old mines" in Brazil and India, to newly discovered mines in South Africa. It first referred simply to any cushion shape "brilliant" cut diamond mined in India or Brazil (literally the old mines), but eventually evolved to include stones coming out of the African mines and cut in the old style cushion shape.

The cut falls into the "brilliant" category (as opposed to rose, table, emerald, etc.) and many people interested in antiques prize them above precision cut modern brilliants. Mainly on account of their handmade imperfection, as it brings character and charm to the stones - particularly, I think, when presented in a cluster ring such as this. The cut was perfected during the 17th century, and rose to prominence thought the 18th and 19th centuries; its key features include the squarish "cushion" shape, 58 facets, a relatively small table, high crown, and large open culet. The latter features result in these stones often being described as "chunky" compared with their modern brilliant counterparts. Visual characteristics displayed by old miners include a unique contrast pattern (the pattern of light and dark areas caused by reflections within the stone) and strong fire (the presence of rainbow colours) on account of the relatively large facets.

STONES 

.97ct Old Mine Cut Diamond - approx. F colour, VS2 clarity

Single Cut Diamond Shoulder Accents

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 6.0 x 6.2mm

Rise off finger: 5.6mm

Width of band: 1.7mm

WEIGHT 

2.5g

MARKS 

French 18k gold marks

CONDITION 

Very good, a small chip to the girdle of the diamond

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