This beautiful cluster ring features round-shaped ±0,10ct Sapphire surrounded by ±0,50ct (J SI2) Old Mine Cut Diamonds crafted in 18ct.
Design Era: Late Victorian (1885-1900).
Materials: Diamond, Sapphire, 18ct.
Size: 17.12 NL / 53.8 FR / 6¾ US / N UK, sizeable (Within reason. Contact seller for information).
Dimensions: H 0.5 x L 1 x W 1 cm.
Weight in grams: 3,2.
Condition: Good condition – used with some signs of wear.
During the Late Victorian or Aesthetic period (1885-1900), jewelers used diamonds and feminine, bright gemstones such as sapphire, peridot, and spinel. Star and crescent designs as well as elaborate hat pins were also popular. Some scholars believe the aesthetic era began sooner, in 1875, and ended as early as 1890.
The most popular form of sapphire is blue sapphire, which is known for its medium to deep blue colour and strong saturation. Fancy sapphires of various colours are also available. In the United States, blue sapphire tends to be the most popular and most affordable of the three major precious gemstones (emerald, ruby, and sapphire).
Old Mine Cut Diamond
Diamonds with this cut possess a squarish girdle with gently rounded corners. Old mine cut diamonds have a high crown, a small table, and a large, flat culet. They are similar to today's cushion cut. The old mine cut dates to the 1700s and was most prevalent during the Georgian and Victorian eras.
Because of the softness of pure (24k), it is usually alloyed with base metals for use in jewelry, altering its hardness and ductility, melting point, color and other properties. Alloys with lower carat rating, typically 22k, 18k, 14k or 9k, contain higher percentages of copper or other base metals or silver or palladium in the alloy. Copper is the most commonly used base metal, yielding a redder color.