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Georgian Rose Cut Diamond Half Hoop

$2,700.00
About Details History
This lovely five diamond ring is a wonderful example of the simple half-hoop style popular in late Georgian Britain (the style is called a "half-hoop" because the five stones cover about one-half of the ring, whereas a "hoop ring" has stones around the full circumference of the band.) The oblong rose cut diamonds are graduated in size, tucked into closed silver settings, and backed in foil to give the stones a uniform brilliance. The flat hoop is made in warm 18k yellow gold. Please note that it is best not to immerse foil-backed diamonds in water as it is possible for moisture to seep behind the stones, this means no wearing this beauty in the shower or the swimming pool.

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  • Materials: 18k gold (tests), silver, 5 rose cut diamonds
  • Age: c. 1780
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 5.25, resizing not recommended; 1.1mm shank, 3.8mm head
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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 lovely five diamond ring is a wonderful example of the simple half-hoop style popular in late Georgian Britain (the style is called a "half-hoop" because the five stones cover about one-half of the ring, whereas a "hoop ring" has stones around the full circumference of the band.) The oblong rose cut diamonds are graduated in size, tucked into closed silver settings, and backed in foil to give the stones a uniform brilliance. The flat hoop is made in warm 18k yellow gold. Please note that it is best not to immerse foil-backed diamonds in water as it is possible for moisture to seep behind the stones, this means no wearing this beauty in the shower or the swimming pool.

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  • Materials: 18k gold (tests), silver, 5 rose cut diamonds
  • Age: c. 1780
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 5.25, resizing not recommended; 1.1mm shank, 3.8mm head
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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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