Georgian Old Mine Cut Diamond Five Stone Ring

About Details History
The five stone half hoop style of this lovely late Georgian ring is always is high demand at our NYC shops. Fashioned in silver and 18k gold in the early 1800s, this ring features five old mine cut diamonds set in the high crimped collets characteristic of Georgian era jewelry. The back of the settings were opened up at some point in history (not by us), making this piece easier wearing than most Georgian rings, however, its important to remember to treat this rings like this one with reverence and care. Georgian jewelry is extremely beautiful but fragile, and like any very, very old object (think an antique car or 100+ year old garment) you should expect it to need repair periodically, depending on how much it's worn.  

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  • Materials: tests as 18k gold, silver, old mine cut diamonds .21ct, .19ct, .33ct, .21ct, .18ct
  • Age: c. 1820
  • Condition: Excellent - the backs were opened at some point in history
  • Size: 7.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 2.5mm shank, 6.2mm head
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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About Details History
The five stone half hoop style of this lovely late Georgian ring is always is high demand at our NYC shops. Fashioned in silver and 18k gold in the early 1800s, this ring features five old mine cut diamonds set in the high crimped collets characteristic of Georgian era jewelry. The back of the settings were opened up at some point in history (not by us), making this piece easier wearing than most Georgian rings, however, its important to remember to treat this rings like this one with reverence and care. Georgian jewelry is extremely beautiful but fragile, and like any very, very old object (think an antique car or 100+ year old garment) you should expect it to need repair periodically, depending on how much it's worn.  

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  • Materials: tests as 18k gold, silver, old mine cut diamonds .21ct, .19ct, .33ct, .21ct, .18ct
  • Age: c. 1820
  • Condition: Excellent - the backs were opened at some point in history
  • Size: 7.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 2.5mm shank, 6.2mm head
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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