This enchanting emerald and diamond ring from London has a delicacy that vanished by 1920, so can be no later than Late Victorian or Edwardian. Its centerpiece is a richly colored natural emerald, probably Columbian according to the certified gemologist who evaluated it (who was then president of their national association). This round stone has what's called a mixed cut and its weight, estimated by measurement, is 0.16 carats. Surrounding it are two meticulously hand-assembled levels of pear-shaped white gold plates, six at each level. These are set with 12 single-cut diamonds averaging about 1 point each (for a total weight of about 0.12 carats). Including its 18k white gold shank and circular open-backed three-level cluster top with open wire gallery, the ring tips the scales at 1.6 pennyweights. Current size is about a U.S. 5 but, because the band isn't ornamented, it can easily be sized to fit any finger.
What a dazzler this is (and a great match for our emerald earrings and pendant, if you feel like a splurge). BTW, a very similar ring but with only ONE layer of diamonds is online priced at $1,250.
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