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This exquisite vintage engagement ring from the 1950s, crafted in lustrous platinum, showcases a harmonious blend of opulence and elegance. It features a magnificent cabochon opal, weighing approximately 4.10 ct, ensconced amidst 16 old mine brilliant cut diamonds totaling around 1.12 ct. The ring embodies the era's transition towards more personalized and distinctive jewelry designs, combining the timeless allure of diamonds with the enchanting iridescence of opal. This piece is a testament to the romantic spirit of the time, offering a unique and sophisticated expression of love and commitment.
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)
Diamond(s): 16 old mine brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of ± 1.12ct. (colour and clarity: H/J, i).
- 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 cabochon opal with an estimated weight of ± 4.10 ct.
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and opal for October.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: top of ring 1,70 cm (0,67 inch) x 2,20 cm (0,87 inch)
Weight: 5,40 gram (3,47 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 60 & 19¼ , Size US 9¼ , Size UK: S
Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Reference Nº: 17226-0017
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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