Posted on June 5th, 2012 by Doyle & Doyle. Filed under Engagement Ring of the Week.
All right, I am just going to say it: I am in love with the week’s Engagement Ring of the Week. This stunning ring dates from the late Edwardian to early Art Deco period and has a center Old Mine/Cushion cut diamond weighing app. 2.64 ct (F-G color, SII clarity) set in platinum. As a transitional style, elements of both late Edwardian and early Art Deco are captured in the design of the ring. The Edwardian opulence of decoration, expert craftsmanship, feminine and delicate filigree work combined with early Art Deco geometric patterns, delicate embellishments, and restrained elegance make this a very extraordinary ring.
The style of the ring emulates the fashion style of its era. The shank is delicately embellished and is topped with an impressive stone, much like the emerging clothing style, which featured a more slender silhouette, finely embellished decoration and usually topped with an enormous hat. Costumes from the popular period TV mini series Downtown Abbey perfectly exemplify some of these style elements.
The center stone is an Old Mine Cut. These stones are deeper than modern cuts, which means that they have a smaller diameter, but a greater distance from table to cutlet than a modern cut of the same carat weight. They also have smaller tables and larger cutlets. The difference in proportions from modern cuts results in less brilliance (reflected white light), but increased dispersion (refracted light- rainbows). This is why they appear more fiery.
Finding a stone with both the quality and the size of our our engagement ring of the week is rare because many larger Old Mine cut stones were cut down and reshaped into modern cuts.
The filigree work on both shoulders is delicate and highly detailed. The use of geometric forms, characteristic of the Art Deco style, can be seen with the cushion shaped diamond set in a unique orientation creating a lozenge shape. The tapered triangular step-pattern on the shoulders add another geometric element to the otherwise romantic and feminine design. The ring is fashioned in platinum and features a scrolled filigree mounting accented with four diamonds on each of the four sides. Additional diamonds decorate the setting making a total of 14 single cut diamonds weighing app. 0.23ctw. A vintage engraved platinum wedding band or an antique diamond eternity band would compliment the ring nicely.
This is an elegant and regal ring for a woman who appreciates a very unique and special sparkle.