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This vintage engagement ring from around 1940, believed to be of Belgian origin, beautifully encapsulates the elegance of its era. Crafted in two tones of precious metal, with the main part in 18K yellow gold and accents in white gold or platinum, it features 12 old brilliant cut diamonds encircling a central deep dark blue sapphire, estimated at approximately 2.30ct. The ring embodies the timeless tradition of diamond and sapphire engagement rings, a symbol of love and commitment that has evolved through centuries. This piece, with its classic design and rich history, represents not only a commitment to love but also a connection to the romantic past of engagement traditions.
Antique jewelry object group: engagement ring (or anniversary ring)
Condition: very good 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. 1940
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Material: Two tones of precious metal, the main part being 18K yellow gold and the white parts are either white gold or platinum.
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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): 12 old brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of ± 1.17ct. (colour and clarity: H/K, vs/si).
- All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Precious stones: One sapphire with an estimated weight of ± 2.30ct.
Colour: deep dark blue, probably Australian
Treatment: most probably heat treated. Colour enhancement by heat treatment of ruby and sapphire is an accepted technique as long as it is mentioned by the seller.
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Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and sapphire for September.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: top of ring 1,68 cm (0,66 inch) x 1,46 cm (0,57 inch)
Weight: 4,40 gram (2,83 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 51 & 16¼ , Size US 5½ , Size UK: K½
Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Reference Nº: 18351-0023
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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