Gemstones: Ruby & Diamonds
Cut: Oval Cut Rubies & Old Cut Diamonds
Weight & Colour: Centre Ruby, deep red colour = 0.50ct, 2 smaller rubies = 0.20ct
4 Diamonds = 0.10cts H/SI-P1
Material: 18ct Yellow Gold
Ian Abeshouse Valuation
Ring Size: K
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Edwardian ruby and diamond ring. The oval cut ruby measures 4.80 x 4.20 x 3.10 mm and is a deep red colour, claw set in 18ct yellow gold. Two smaller oval cut rubies are claw set on either side, each separated by two old round cut bead set diamonds. Scrolled shoulders feature on the parallel half round band, stamped with a Birmingham control mark. The centre Ruby weighs 0.50 ct and the two smaller Rubies total 0.20 ct. The Diamonds total 0.10 ct and are graded Colour: H and Clarity: SI – Pique. Circa 1901.
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.