Victorian Pavé Turquoise and Diamond Ring

$1,650.00
About Details History
This incredible 10k rose gold and silver Victorian ring is set with an old cut diamond surrounded by pavé-set turquoise cabochons. "Pavé" is an elegant French word for something very literal—it simply means that the stones are "paved" on to a particular surface. The French pronunciation sounds much nicer that the English, although the jeweler would work the surface not unlike a bricklayer, setting precious stones in small, pre-made cavities until the entire surface was covered. The pavé style of setting makes for an incredible visual effect with a bright stone like turquoise. Turquoise tends to morph in color over years of wear and exposure to the elements - older turquoise can range from pale blue to to teal to olive green. These particular stones are relatively consistent in color, mostly a lovely robin's egg blue. The diamond at the center seems to be a table cut with a crown that was re-faceted in the old mine cut style - very unusual!

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  • Materials: 10k rose gold (tests), silver, turquoise, 3.1mm x 3.7mm old mine/table cut diamond
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Very good - some rubbing along diamond crown facets, minor wear to the edges of the crimped silver setting commensurate with age and use
  • Size: US 7, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 13 x 12.8mm head, 2.1mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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About Details History
This incredible 10k rose gold and silver Victorian ring is set with an old cut diamond surrounded by pavé-set turquoise cabochons. "Pavé" is an elegant French word for something very literal—it simply means that the stones are "paved" on to a particular surface. The French pronunciation sounds much nicer that the English, although the jeweler would work the surface not unlike a bricklayer, setting precious stones in small, pre-made cavities until the entire surface was covered. The pavé style of setting makes for an incredible visual effect with a bright stone like turquoise. Turquoise tends to morph in color over years of wear and exposure to the elements - older turquoise can range from pale blue to to teal to olive green. These particular stones are relatively consistent in color, mostly a lovely robin's egg blue. The diamond at the center seems to be a table cut with a crown that was re-faceted in the old mine cut style - very unusual!

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  • Materials: 10k rose gold (tests), silver, turquoise, 3.1mm x 3.7mm old mine/table cut diamond
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Very good - some rubbing along diamond crown facets, minor wear to the edges of the crimped silver setting commensurate with age and use
  • Size: US 7, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 13 x 12.8mm head, 2.1mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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