Throughout the early 20th century, "crossover" rings were favorites for celebrating engagements. It's no wonder, since their intertwined form is so romantic -- not to mention flattering on anyone. Because the lower swirl rests on the hand, rather than the knuckle, the finger looks longer and more graceful. Who wouldn't like that? And it would be no less lovely, worn as a dinner ring.
Due to the long-term popularity of the style, there's often room for debate about dating rings of this type. They can vary from pre-World War I to post-World War II. Our beautiful example appears to date from around 1940. Any later and it would almost surely be of yellow or rose gold than white. Any earlier and the central diamond wouldn't be as wonderfully fiery. The 0.61 ct. gem, which benefits from the introduction of the transitional brilliant cut, is accompanied by 14 single-cut sparklers -- adding 0.16 cts, for a total of 0.77 cts in stones. Total ring weight is 3.2 pennyweights.
These facts and figures were documented by a prominent gemologist, who described the ring's condition as good, noting no flaws apparent without very high magnification, and valued it at $2525 in 1990 -- when gold was just $386/troy oz. At this writing, Nov. 2014, gold sells at $1202-1203, so our price is quite a bargain.Current size is US 5 - 5.5, easily altered since the back of the shank is unadorned. We state sizes as a range, because different types of measuring equipment vary up to half a size, as do our fingers with temperature and time of day. Provenance is a Texas estate, as part of a delightful collection of fine jewelry consigned to us.
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