Art Deco Linear Diamond, Platinum and 18 Karat Gold in Ring
This is a truly lovely Art Deco 18 karat yellow gold ring set with 5 bright and well matched diamonds in a geometric, platinum setting dating to circa 1920. The linear face of the ring is entirely platinum, pavé (flush) set with five, ‘old cut’ genuine diamonds, surrounded by triple ball prongs and millegraine finished lines in between each diamond station.
From the side, the gallery sits above a bridge leaving five windows of rectangular 'air space'. The bridge below the gallery and the band are both 18 karat yellow gold—a standard for rings set with diamonds at this time. The band is an elegant knife-edge shape, meaning it isn't domed or squared off, but is essentially a narrow band with a high, fine ridge down the center.
A note about old cut diamonds:
Old cuts date from a time when each diamond was hand cut in natural light according to the diamond's best qualities and the eye of the cutter. The facets may be slightly irregular as a result and the very base tip of the stone is cut flat. Today's brilliant cut diamonds, on the other hand, require precise instruments and the stones are typically classified to meet the standard of the size and cut, the faceting of which is calibrated to allow the maximum refraction of light within the stone.
We particularly favor diamond rings from the Edwardian and Art Deco eras which fall roughly in between 1900-1930, when the ornate Victorian and Art Nouveau styles were giving way to more modern and streamlined motifs. Settings and galleries were designed most often in elegant, architectural combinations of odd numbers--featured alone, in three's as here, and even five's, set into a simple and pleasing geometry of circles, squares and rectangles.
MATERIALS: 18K Yellow Gold, Platinum and Natural Diamonds.
SIZE: 4.25(US). Can be resized upon request.
DIMENSIONS: diamond set gallery is 3mm wide x 14mm long x 3mm high. Band is 1x1.5mm all around
HALLMARKS: worn, but appears to still have PT stamp, as well as 18 57.
CONDITION of Diamonds & Setting is Excellent. The band is in good condition, showing signs of having been re-sized, which may have led to loss of hallmarks.
BIRTHSTONE: April (Diamond)