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This ring, a relic of the 1950s, stands as a tribute to love's ageless splendour, merging vintage charm with the echoes of Art Deco influence. Crafted in 18K white gold, it holds a rare fancy intense orangy-brown diamond of 1.18ct, a vibrant heart amidst 16 brilliant companions totalling 0.34ct. Its hues speak of a time when such gems were reserved for royalty, evoking strength and the romance of ancient myths. The diamond, April's birthstone and emblem of enduring affection, has been revered through history—once the tears of gods, now a symbol of earthly devotion.
Antique jewelry object group: engagement ring (or anniversary ring)
Condition: very good condition
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Country of origin: unknown
Style: Vintage Fifties (of the twentieth century)
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Style specifics: This type of jewelry is very specific for the fifties of the twentieth century. The Art Deco period preceded only 20 years and was still used as source of inspiration, it is (even for the trained eye) sometimes very hard to note the difference between Art Deco and Fifties.
Period: ca. 1950
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Material: 18K white gold (touchstone tested)
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Extra information 01: Natural Fancy Coloured Diamonds - A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond is perfectly transparent with no hue, or color. However, in reality almost no gem-sized natural diamonds are absolutely perfect. The color of a diamond may be affected by chemical impurities and/or structural defects in the crystal lattice. Depending on the hue and intensity of a diamond's coloration, a diamond's color can either detract from or enhance its value. For example, most white diamonds are discounted in price when more yellow hue is detectable, while intense pink or blue diamonds (such as the Hope Diamond) can be dramatically more valuable.
Diamonds occur in a variety of colors: steel gray, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink to purple, brown, and black, virtually in every color of the rainbow.
The colored diamond grading system refers to the color grading system used by internationally recognized laboratories (GIA and IGI for example) for colors that are not in the normal color range of diamonds. These laboratories use a list of 27 color hues that span the full spectrum of colors. The tone and saturation of these hues are then described with one of nine descriptors: Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Dark, Fancy Intense, Fancy Deep and Fancy Vivid. The grading has an additional aspect that describes how well is the color applicable on the diamond. (from: Wikipedia)
Extra information 02: 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)
Extra information 03: Diamond is the birthstone for the month of April, and besides being the most popular gemstone for engagement rings, it is also the anniversary gem for the 10th and 60th years of marriage.
Even though the diamond is the hardest of all gemstones known to man, it is the simplest in composition: it is common carbon. The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars fallen to earth. It was even said by some that they were the tears of the Gods or perhaps crystallized lightning or hardened dew drops. The exact origin of diamonds remained something of a mystery for centuries.
In ancient times only kings wore diamonds as a symbol of strength, courage and invincibility. Over the centuries, the diamond acquired its unique status as the ultimate gift of love. It was said that Cupid's arrows were tipped with diamonds which have a magic that nothing else can ever quite equal.
Diamond(s): One fancy intense orangy brown brilliant cut diamond with a weight of 1.18ct, clarity si1 (see pictures for HRD certification)
16 brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of ± 0.34ct. (colour and clarity: F/H, vs/si).
Total diamond count: 17 pcs.
Total diamond weight: approx. 1.52 crt.
- All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
- All diamonds we offer are screened by the IJGC - lab (www.ijgc-worldwide.com ) for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural.
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: band width top of ring 1,10 cm (0,43 inch) - See picture with a ruler in cm and inches
Weight: 3,70 gram (2,38 dwt)
Ring size Continental EU: 58 & 18½ , Size USA: 8¼ , Size UK: Q
Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Adin Reference Nº: 21028-0224
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewellery
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