Antique jewelry object group: engagement ring (or anniversary ring)
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: unknown
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Period: ca. 1960
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Material: 18K white gold
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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)
Lady Di ring - Princess Diana's Engagement Ring - In the early 1980s, no single piece of jewelry represented a fairy tale romance more than Princess Diana’s engagement ring. The Princess of Wales had captured the public’s heart, and her exquisite taste in fine gems became an icon for the royal feeling every bride wants on her wedding day.
Prince Charles initially proposed without an engagement ring, insisting that Diana consider the implications of the role of his wife – being a couple under constant camera barrage and the pressure to provide the next generation’s heir – before accepting. Diana, however, needed little encouragement, and after she accepted a selection of engagement rings was presented for her consideration by Garrard Jewellers. Diana choose an oval blue sapphire engagement ring that weighed in at an astounding 18 carats and was surrounded by 14 small diamonds in an elegant cluster setting.
Although this ring is "a tad" smaller than its royal compeer it has great allure and just waiting for its princess to wear.
Many years later, in 2010 to be precise, their son Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mom's engagement ring.... (to be continued we guess).
Diamond(s): 16 modern brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of ± 1.20ct. (colour and clarity: F/H, vs/si).
- 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.
Precious stones: One natural cabochon sapphire with an estimated weight of ± 7.11ct, most probably Sri Lanka (former Ceylon).
Treatment: untreated !
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and sapphire for September.
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Hallmarks: illegible remains
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Dimensions: top of ring 1,66 cm (0,65 inch) x 1,77 cm (0,70 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: 17164-0152
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
Jewelry with birthstones (or month stones) for:
January - February - March - April - May - June - July
August - September - October - November or December.
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