This platinum ring from 1950 is a stunning solitaire with a ruby, which is worth its weight of nearly ten carats in love. The white brilliance of the two degrading baguette cut diamonds on each side intensifies the miracle of this gem as the snow does with a crystalized burgundy rose blooming in midwinter. Which snow white will kiss this ring out of its winter?
Antique jewelry object group: engagement ring (or anniversary ring)
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.
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Period: ca. 1950
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Extra information: Betrothal rings were used during Roman times, but weren't generally revived in the Western world until the 13th century. The first well-documented use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in imperial court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy.
Before the 20th century, other types of betrothal gifts were common. Before the end of the 19th century, the bride-to-be frequently received a sewing thimble rather than a engagement ring. This practice was particularly common among religious groups that shunned jewelry. Engagement rings didn't become standard in the West until the end of the 19th century, and diamond rings didn't become common until the 1930s. Now, 80% of the women are offered a diamond ring to signify engagement. (from: Wikipedia)
Diamonds: Four baguette cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approximately 1.09 crt
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Total diamond weight: approx. 1.09 crt.
Precious stones: One color enhanced ruby with a weight of 9.56 carat (see pictures for IGI certificat)
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Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and ruby for July.
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More background information on: Ruby Treatments and enhancements
Improving the quality of gemstones by treating them is common practice. Some treatments are used in almost all cases and are therefore considered acceptable. During the late 1990s, a large supply of low-cost materials caused a sudden surge in supply of heat-treated rubies, leading to a downward pressure on ruby prices. Improvements used include color alteration, improving transparency by dissolving rutile inclusions, healing of fractures (cracks) or even completely filling them.
The most common treatment is the application of heat. Most, if not all, rubies at the lower end of the market are heat treated on the rough stones to improve color, remove purple tinge, blue patches and silk. Another treatment, which has become more frequent in recent years, is lead glass filling. Filling the fractures inside the ruby with lead glass (or a similar material) dramatically improves the transparency of the stone, making previously unsuitable rubies fit for applications in jewelry. (From: Wikipedia)
Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: top of ring 1,29 cm (0,51 inch) x 1,17 cm (0,46 inch)
Weight: 7.10 gram (4.57 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 48 & 15½ , Size US 4½ , Size UK: I
Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Reference Nº: 12293-0001
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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