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Platinum and Diamond: The Engagement Tradition

A quintessential celebration of the 1950s, this Belgian solitaire ring, in very good condition, presents a harmonious blend of Art Deco inspiration and Retro style. Crafted in platinum, the piece is crowned with a brilliant cut diamond of 1.25ct. Bearing hallmarks indicative of Belgian origin, including 'pt950', this ring is a timeless embodiment of love and tradition, echoing the ancient belief in diamonds' invincible charm and the historic sentiment that they are the ultimate gift of love.

Antique jewelry object group: solitair ring

Condition: very good condition
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Country of origin: Belgium

Style: Although most people would call this style Art Deco it is more considered to be a product of the fifties of the Twentieth Century. Strongly influenced by Art Deco but also by the Retro style. That to most people this is Art Deco is no coincidence as both Retro style and Fifties style are the style successors of Art Deco. or more info on styles

Style specifics: This type of jewelry is very specific for the fifties of the twentieth century. The Art Deco period preceded only 20 years and was still used as source of inspiration, it is (even for the trained eye) sometimes very hard to note the difference between Art Deco and Fifties.

Period: ca. 1950
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Material: platinum (touchstone tested)
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Extra information: Diamond is the birthstone for the month of April, and besides being the most popular gemstone for engagement rings, it is also the anniversary gem for the 10th and 60th years of marriage.

Even though the diamond is the hardest of all gemstones known to man, it is the simplest in composition: it is common carbon. The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars fallen to earth. It was even said by some that they were the tears of the Gods or perhaps crystallized lightning or hardened dew drops. The exact origin of diamonds remained something of a mystery for centuries.

In ancient times only kings wore diamonds as a symbol of strength, courage and invincibility. Over the centuries, the diamond acquired its unique status as the ultimate gift of love. It was said that Cupid's arrows were tipped with diamonds which have a magic that nothing else can ever quite equal.

But it wasn't until 1477, when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, that the tradition of diamond engagement rings began. Even the reason a woman wears it on the third finger of her left hand dates back to the early Egyptian belief that the vena amoris (vein of love) ran directly from the heart to the top of the third finger, left hand.

Diamond(s): One brilliant cut diamond with a weight of 1.25ct. Colour and clarity: D, si 2, see also pictures for the HRD certificate.

Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: "pt950" Which is the Belgian control mark for platinum. And the outer shape of the master mark is in the shape of a barrel and was taken offically in use in Belgium since 1952 (but was already used before that date).
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Dimensions: - See picture with a ruler in cm and inches

Weight: 4,10 gram (2,64 dwt)

Ring size Continental: 56 & 17¾ , Size US 7½ , Size UK: O½

Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Adin Reference Nº: 20174-0078

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