Vintage White Gold Gypsy Diamond Ring

$1,750.00
About Details History

This vintage ring is fashioned in 14k white gold and sparkles with three old mine cut diamonds. This style of setting - with stones sitting low within burnished settings  - is known as "gypsy" setting and was popular in the mid to late 19th century, it's unusual to see it employed in a midcentury ring. The Victorian rings made in this style were always crafted from yellow or rose gold. This was not solely because the preference was for warm-toned metals, it is also due to the fact that access to, and wearability of, white metals was limited. Silver, the only white metal used in the Victorian period, is prone to tarnishing and can stain the skin thereby making it undesirable for fine jewelry; white gold didn't exist until the early 20th century; and platinum was seldom used due to limitations in smelting and smithing the high heat metal. So for those of you who love the classic Victorian gypsy setting but are hopelessly devoted to white jewelry, this ring is your dream come true! The mounting dates to the 1950s, the diamonds are old mine cuts and date to the mid to late 1800s.

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  • Materials: 14k white gold, old mine cut diamonds: .14ct, .22ct, .14ct
  • Age: mounting c. 1950, diamonds c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 6.25, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 5.9mm head, 3.3mm 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 vintage ring is fashioned in 14k white gold and sparkles with three old mine cut diamonds. This style of setting - with stones sitting low within burnished settings  - is known as "gypsy" setting and was popular in the mid to late 19th century, it's unusual to see it employed in a midcentury ring. The Victorian rings made in this style were always crafted from yellow or rose gold. This was not solely because the preference was for warm-toned metals, it is also due to the fact that access to, and wearability of, white metals was limited. Silver, the only white metal used in the Victorian period, is prone to tarnishing and can stain the skin thereby making it undesirable for fine jewelry; white gold didn't exist until the early 20th century; and platinum was seldom used due to limitations in smelting and smithing the high heat metal. So for those of you who love the classic Victorian gypsy setting but are hopelessly devoted to white jewelry, this ring is your dream come true! The mounting dates to the 1950s, the diamonds are old mine cuts and date to the mid to late 1800s.

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  • Materials: 14k white gold, old mine cut diamonds: .14ct, .22ct, .14ct
  • Age: mounting c. 1950, diamonds c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 6.25, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 5.9mm head, 3.3mm 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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