Monday, February 24, 2014

3 Beautiful Vintage Gemstone Rings

These rings are so lovely that I've had them up in my browser for weeks, just waiting for the day that I stumble on to a few dozen thousands of dollars that I somehow misplaced.

Looks like I won't be finding the cash to buy these (or even 1 of them) anytime soon, so I'll share them with you and give someone else a chance to take them away from me. :(

$8,750 Edwardian One Carat Diamond and Natural Pearl Ring
"This regal and ravishing early-nineteenth century diamond ring presents a bright-white old mine-cut diamond sparkling from within a majestic setting composed of platinum over 18 karat gold and containing three-quarter carats of smaller old mine-cut diamonds. One end is crowned with a shining quatrefoil and the other with a 6.5 millimeter natural pearl. Fit for a princess ...  "
Fit for a princess indeed! Can I be one?
I love the shapes and graceful curves of this ring, and that it manages to mix cold hard diamonds and platinum with warm yellow gold and a soft pearl. That is pretty unusual to do so well.
The ring is size 6.5 but can be sized up.

$9,750 Edwardian Ruby, Diamond, and Natural Pearl Ring
I think this might be my favorite out of the three.
 "A sophisticated Edwardian ring in platinum over 18K yellow gold. This lovely ring features a central round white 6.9 millimeter natural pearl framed by an octagonal pierced platinum plaque set with four sparkling European-cut and thirty-two rose-cut diamonds accented with a calibre-cut ruby border. A superb and stunning Edwardian jewel, circa 1900."
They had such great taste in the Edwardian period!
The ruby border on this ring is stunning and you can't even see the settings behind the gems. Again, this ring mixes stones and metals incredibly well.
And I love the cut corners that make this ring octagonal instead of square.
It's even beautiful from behind!
 (that's what she said)

 $6,750 Antique Emerald and Diamond Ring
"A modest size, but gemmy, deep crystal green, old mine Colombian emerald glistens brightly from this exemplary platinum and diamond gemstone ring from the turn-of-the-twentieth century. The emerald is framed by a double tier of sparkling octagonal frames set with teeny-tiny old mine cushion diamonds with finely milgrained settings. A dazzling, darling and dainty Edwardian jewel, too delicate for everyday wear."
This emerald is so clear and pretty, and you know I like the octagonal border. Milgrain is the ridged pattern of the platinum setting, and it makes the whole casing look more intricate. I have it on my engagement ring too! I like the way milgrain looks especially with small diamonds, because it adds to the sparkle and the diffraction of light and it all becomes a blur of little sparkly facets.

So, which one do you like best?

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