"1909" is a new collection of jewelry, inspired by antiques and handmade in NYC. We make each ring to order, which takes between 4-6 weeks. In our stores, we usually stock rings in a size 6, which ship immediately. 1909 rings are made to order in full, half, and quarter sizes. If the size you desire is not in the drop down menu, please make a note of it during checkout.
This ring is modeled on an extraordinary ring from 1860. To get the antique look we want for the turquoise version, we rescue cabochons from antique Indian jewelry that's destined for the smelter. For the diamond version, we use 28 antique old mine cut diamonds. This style of diamond-cutting dates back to the 1830's, when the natural grain of each stone was used as a guide. They were meticulously hand-faceted, so when machine-cutting and -polishing was invented, the modern brilliant cut (a direct descendant of the old mine cut) took the spotlight. A romantic bit of trivia: old mine diamonds were cut for candlelight, which makes them sparkle in even dim light. We use a combination of 14K yellow gold for the band and 14K white gold on the bow. (Mounting stones in white metal is a centuries-old jeweler's trick to coax maximum sparkle out of clear gems.) For the turquoise version, we use all 10K yellow gold.