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Magnificent eternity band with rubies and sapphires and hinged diamond parts

Antique jewelry object group
eternity band (also called: alliance ring)

Condition
very good condition
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Country of origin
unknown

Style
Vintage Fifties (of the twentieth century)
See also: Fifties (of the twentieth century)
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Period
ca. 1950
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Material
platinum (touchstone tested)
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Technique
On both sides of the band there are two half bands set with diamonds attached with a hinge. Like that the ring can be worn in more than six different ways.

Extra information
Eternity Band - Diamonds are forever, but only since the last 60 years or so. Although it is said that the tradition of diamond engagement rings and eternity bands go back a few thousand years, it was not till the mid Twentieth Century that they became the tradition we now know them to be. How they became part of a tradition is, all sugar-sweet stories of romance and ever-lasting-love aside, an interesting story.

In the late 1930's de Beers the, then, world monopolist for diamonds, in an attempt to reduce their growing stock of diamonds, started a now historic advertising campaign. Out of the need to sell the bulk of their "big" stones the idea of proposing marriage with a one-diamond engagement ring was born. Before that there simply wasn't a link between a marriage proposal and a one-stone-diamond ring.

Some twenty years later de Beers had a (secret) agreement with the former Soviet Union as sole channel for diamonds found there. The diamonds coming from Russia, although being better in quality, were much smaller in size. And what was better to get rid of a lot of smaller diamonds in one time? And thus the eternity band was born.

Diamonds
30 single brilliant cut diamonds (also called 8/8) with an estimated weight of 0.86ct colour and clarity F/I, vs/i
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 I.J.G.C. for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural.

Precious stones
15 sapphires . We did not check if the sapphires are lab produced or not as this information has no influence on the value of this jewel. Natural sapphires and lab produced sapphires were both used in this era, rather more for their effect than for their intrinsic value.
15 rubies . We did not check if the rubies are lab produced or not as this information has no influence on the value of this jewel. Natural rubies and lab produced rubies were both used in this era, rather more for their effect than for their intrinsic value.
It is a very common practice to treat gemstones to intensify their clarity or colour. The item in question has not been tested in this regard.

Birthstones
Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April, ruby for July and sapphire for September.
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Engraving
All sides of all parts of this ring are engraved with an abstract motive.

Hallmarks
No trace.
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Dimensions
single band width 0,28 cm (0,11 inch), three bands width 0,83 cm (0,33 inch)
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Weight
5,40 gram (3,47 dwt)

Ring size Continental EU: 54 & 17¼ , Size USA: 6¾ , Size UK: N
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Adin Reference Nº
22350-0261

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