.64ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

$3,350.00
About Details History
This classic midcentury platinum mounting was made in the 1950s, however the .64ct old European cut diamond showcased at the center was cut much earlier, most likely in the late 19th or very early 20th century. The diamond (E/I1) sits within decorative fishtail prongs and is accented by six single cut diamonds set along the shoulders. The ring features a knife edge hoop that tapers to a very slender 1.2mm at the back.

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  • Materials: platinum, .64ct old European cut diamond (E/I1), 6 round diamonds at .10ctw
  • Age: c. 1900 diamond, c. 1950 mounting
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: US 6.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 1.2mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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RETRO (1935 - 1945) World War II marked the shift from Art Deco to retro, as yet another war (and the subsequent materials rations) dictated what was available on the jewelry market. Platinum was reserved for military use, so jewelers began relying heavily on gold and experimenting with colored alloys and different finishes. Retro jewelry designs are marked by asymmetry, motifs borrowed from industrial design, and exaggerated scale. Thanks to a hugely successful advertising campaign begun in the 1940s and funded by De Beers, the phrase “a diamond is forever” was coined and diamond rings were touted as the ONLY acceptable type of engagement ring. Carefully worded ads instructed men on how to choose a stone, and what to spend (“two months salary!”). The Gemological Institute of America developed the so-called “4Cs” of diamond grading, which was a scientific system for measuring the color, clarity, cut and carat weight of every single diamond. The costume jewelry industry, having only been established a few decades before, began to flourish. Centered in Providence, Rhode Island, and surrounding New England towns, companies like Trifari, Monet, Hobe, and Vendome prospered as consumers gobbled up inexpensive machine-made jewels.
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About Details History
This classic midcentury platinum mounting was made in the 1950s, however the .64ct old European cut diamond showcased at the center was cut much earlier, most likely in the late 19th or very early 20th century. The diamond (E/I1) sits within decorative fishtail prongs and is accented by six single cut diamonds set along the shoulders. The ring features a knife edge hoop that tapers to a very slender 1.2mm at the back.

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  • Materials: platinum, .64ct old European cut diamond (E/I1), 6 round diamonds at .10ctw
  • Age: c. 1900 diamond, c. 1950 mounting
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: US 6.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 1.2mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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RETRO (1935 - 1945) World War II marked the shift from Art Deco to retro, as yet another war (and the subsequent materials rations) dictated what was available on the jewelry market. Platinum was reserved for military use, so jewelers began relying heavily on gold and experimenting with colored alloys and different finishes. Retro jewelry designs are marked by asymmetry, motifs borrowed from industrial design, and exaggerated scale. Thanks to a hugely successful advertising campaign begun in the 1940s and funded by De Beers, the phrase “a diamond is forever” was coined and diamond rings were touted as the ONLY acceptable type of engagement ring. Carefully worded ads instructed men on how to choose a stone, and what to spend (“two months salary!”). The Gemological Institute of America developed the so-called “4Cs” of diamond grading, which was a scientific system for measuring the color, clarity, cut and carat weight of every single diamond. The costume jewelry industry, having only been established a few decades before, began to flourish. Centered in Providence, Rhode Island, and surrounding New England towns, companies like Trifari, Monet, Hobe, and Vendome prospered as consumers gobbled up inexpensive machine-made jewels.
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