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If you're after a genuine Jane Austen era, early to mid 1800s ring in perfect condition, then here it is. This is a true handmade antique, over a 180 years old. A true collectable.

There are five rose cut diamonds mounted into an oval silver setting. Silver was commonly used to show off diamonds in the Georgian and Victorian eras as is was scarce and as valuable as gold, much as we use white gold and platinum to emphasize the sparkle of a diamond today.

The diamonds are foil backed, that is, their backs are not open to let in the light. Instead, they are coated with melted silver or gold, possibly both. This means that in some lights the diamonds look white, light and sparkly and in other lights they look black, almost Gothic, with a dark sparkle. This was a common practice in the 1800s especially with rose cut diamonds. Because rose cuts are handcut, they don't have the consistency of a modern machine cut brilliant, so it was a way of making them evenly coloured. It was all about the light refraction. I've tried to show this in the photos.

The shank of the ring is at least 9 karat rose gold, unstamped.

This is a one-off in beautiful antique condition, an heirloom from the distant past.

It's a larger size, 19mm diameter, but can of course be resized. The diamonds are all secure and lovely. The oval setting measures 17mm x 8mm.

Guaranteed genuine.
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  • Seller location: Porirua, Wellington, NZ

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