Old European Cut
Filigree white gold ring with antique 0,51 ct old cut diamond, around 1890/2021
Over the past few years, we have repeatedly found individual, unmounted diamonds. Often as part of old pieces of jewellery that were no longer wearable, but occasionally also already set in the course of a larger collection of gemstones. For a long time we didn't really know how to make these precious stones wearable again, because we didn't really like most of the modern settings and so the antique stones were waiting for a new use. After a long search we found a manufactory in the USA, which produces ring settings made of white gold according to historical models. This ring also comes from there. Its basic shape is a narrow, elegant band that is placed around the finger. Delicate bars that distinguish the ring, especially in the side sections, look like textile lace and form small shell ornaments on the sides. Our gem setter has now set an antique diamond of just over half a carat in this setting. The diamond is cut in the old European-cut, an early form of the brilliant cut and predecessor of today's full cut. It sparkles in a warm white and shows few inclusions under the magnifying glass, which make it unmistakable - but do not interfere with its brilliance. We have had a diamond appraisal prepared for the diamond, which is delivered together with the ring.
The symbolic act of giving a diamond ring as an engagement gift is first documented in 1477 and can be traced back to Mary of Burgundy, who received a diamond ring as a promise of fidelity from her future husband, Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg. Wearing a ring as a sign of commitment on the third finger of the left hand, on the other hand, was already the custom of the ancient Egyptians, who believed that the "love vein" connected the heart to the left ring finger.
We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.
You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.
Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.
We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.
If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.