Gemstone: Australian Sapphire and Diamond
Cut: Round Sapphire and Old Cut Diamonds
Weight & Colour: Sapphire = 3.15 ct, measuring 8.80 mm diameter, Australian type, dark blue with green secondary colour
12 Diamonds = 1.20 ct G - H / P1
Material: Silver and 15ct Yellow Gold
Ian Abeshouse Valuation
An Edwardian sapphire and diamond cluster ring. The round sapphire is bezel set in silver within a border of twelve old cut diamonds on a 15ct yellow gold 1.70 mm band. The Sapphire weights 3.15 ct measuring 8.80 mm in diameter, Australian type dark blue with green secondary colour. The twelve Diamonds total 1.20 ct and are graded Colour: G to H and Clarity: P1.
Edwardian & Belle Époque Period (1901 - 1910):
Named after the reigning King Edward VII and with notable influences from French Rococo décor, this period was the shortest in antique jewellery history. However, it was during this time that platinum was introduced into the art of jewellery making which changed the way diamonds could be set. The popular jewellery design at the time was the “garland” which flowed on from the Art Nouveau period as it focused on nature but more particularly, on flowers and leaves often arranged in some circular shape. Through the use of milgrain and pierced and engraved metals, the Belle Époque designs gave way to jewellery that mimicked the delicate nature of lace and ribbon with natural pearls and old mine cut diamonds being the material of choice.