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Edwardian 1.54ct Old Mine Cut Diamond Trilogy Ring

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Edwardian 1.54ct Old Mine Cut Diamond Trilogy Ring

$4,650.00


Description

DATE: Edwardian, c.1910

An excellent antique trilogy ring set with glorious old mine cut diamonds, totalling 1.5 carats. It dates from the Edwardian period, circa 1910, featuring scrolled split claws and fine trifurcated shoulders - crafted in platinum throughout. The three stones of a trilogy ring are said to represent the past, present, and future; a sweet romantic sentiment that made them popular engagement rings in the early 20th century.

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 

Three Old Mine Cut Diamonds

Total carat weight 1.54ct - G/H colour - SI1 to I1 clarity

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 14.6 x 6.2mm

Rise off finger: 5.0mm

Width of band: 1.4mm

WEIGHT 

3.1g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as platinum

CONDITION 

Very good, some light wear commensurate with age

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