Georgian Rose Cut Diamond and Emerald Five Stone Band

$7,500.00
About Details History

This immaculate gemstone band was made in the Georgian era c. 1780. Diamonds (and other gems) from the Georgian and early Victorian periods were mounted in closed settings and backed in silver foil --jewelers believed the foil brightened the diamonds and gave them greater brilliance in the candlelight in which they were meant to be admired. This ring is set with table cut emeralds and rose cut diamonds that graduate in size across the face. Note that the diamonds are triangular in shape, they were all most likely cut from macle crystals and their lovely three-sided shape is used to great effect with the center stone set lengthwise and the smaller stones set to form a soft point where they meet the shoulders. The mounting (with exquisite foliate chasing at the shoulders) and emerald collets are 18k yellow gold, and the diamonds are mounted in silver. Please remove this ring when showering, swimming, doing dishes, etc.  If moisture seeps into the closed settings it could cause the foil backings to darken.

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, sterling silver, rose cut diamonds (6mm x 6.2mm, 2.6mm x 3.1mm, 3.6mm x 3mm), table cut emeralds (4.1mm x 3.9mm, 4.1mm x 4.3mm)
  • Age: c. 1780
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: US 6.75, can be (slightly) resized for an additional fee of $90; 7mm width at head, 1.4mm hoop
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Nolita, New York.
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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

This immaculate gemstone band was made in the Georgian era c. 1780. Diamonds (and other gems) from the Georgian and early Victorian periods were mounted in closed settings and backed in silver foil --jewelers believed the foil brightened the diamonds and gave them greater brilliance in the candlelight in which they were meant to be admired. This ring is set with table cut emeralds and rose cut diamonds that graduate in size across the face. Note that the diamonds are triangular in shape, they were all most likely cut from macle crystals and their lovely three-sided shape is used to great effect with the center stone set lengthwise and the smaller stones set to form a soft point where they meet the shoulders. The mounting (with exquisite foliate chasing at the shoulders) and emerald collets are 18k yellow gold, and the diamonds are mounted in silver. Please remove this ring when showering, swimming, doing dishes, etc.  If moisture seeps into the closed settings it could cause the foil backings to darken.

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, sterling silver, rose cut diamonds (6mm x 6.2mm, 2.6mm x 3.1mm, 3.6mm x 3mm), table cut emeralds (4.1mm x 3.9mm, 4.1mm x 4.3mm)
  • Age: c. 1780
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: US 6.75, can be (slightly) resized for an additional fee of $90; 7mm width at head, 1.4mm hoop
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Nolita, New York.
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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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