Before the diamond bruting machine was patented around 1870, the old mine cut was the style of choice. This new technology revolutionized the diamond industry because it enabled cutters to work with a round outline, and for symmetrical placement of facets, a symmetrical outline is needed. So with the bruting machine the brilliant cut was born and cutters worked to perfect it from there. The diamond in this ring is an early example of an Old European Cut. The diamond has a deep bottom half (called a pavilion) and a top half with steep angles (called a crown), and a small table facet. The table is the largest facet on the diamond and is located at the top of the stone. The evolution of the Old European Cut is well documented so we can place this particular diamond towards the very end of the 19th century.
The sapphire in the ring shows a lot of age as well. Interestingly enough, some of the most valuable sapphires sold at auction are not repolished. It is sometimes a desirable trait because it helps with authenticity, especially with sapphires from the Kashmir mines which are the most desirable and valuable sapphires in the world, however these mines have been barren and out of service for well over a century.
The top section of this ring is 9 karat gold. The band is 18 karat. The serpentine style carried a lot of importance in Victorian jewelry as it was the style of engagement ring given to Victoria from Albert. Although the center section is authentic and original, this band appears to have been changed most likely in the late 1940s.
Its an amazing ring with such an unbelievable story to tell!
Center Diamond - Old European Brilliant 0.71ct J-VS2
Fine Sapphire - (stone is worn) Approximately 5.5 x 5.8mm Cushion shape
Center section (2 six prong heads) 9k gold
Band is 18k gold
The ring is finger size 7. We can adjust the ring prior to shipping free of charge. Please let us know which size you need and allow an extra 2-3 business days.