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Poignant Personalized Victorian Diamond Ring

Poignant Personalized Victorian Diamond Ring

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Where to begin with this stunning piece of history - from the deeply engraved shoulders, to the bright and lively old mine cut diamonds, to the secret message tucked away inside - this is truly a dream ring!

Despite being at least 146 years old, this ring remains in outstanding condition: the foliate engraving and milgrain-like texture along the shoulders are crisp and clean with deep patina enhancing the detailed metalwork, while the personal inscription inside the band is clear and legible after all this time. Perhaps this ring was reserved for special occasions only, tucked away for safekeeping in day to day life.

Open, scalloped buttercup settings hold five gorgeous old mine cuts aloft, letting light in from all sides to catch the charming sparkle of the hand-cut diamonds. The cluster forms a symmetric cross-like shape, which is also evocative of compass points. Was the arrangement of diamonds meant to remind the owner to stay true to her path?

Hand engraved inside the band, a sentimental message - "S.A.M. from M&F April 16 1873." We believe M&F to be mother and father, and love to imagine the occasion for such a special gift - was it a birthday? A religious milestone? A graduation? We're left to wonder, but in present day believe this ring would make an outstanding and unique engagement ring, or a distinctive piece to mark a personal achievement, or simply a beautiful ring to appreciate and enjoy.

• 14k gold, unstamped but tested
• Size 7 loose, and sizeable within reason
• 5 old mine cut diamonds ranging from 2.97-3.44mm, conservatively estimated at 0.55 carats total weight, overall SI2 clarity and J-K colour
• Band engraved "S.A.M. from M&F April 16 1873"
• Face of ring is 12.2x12.2mm, with a rise of 6.5mm; shoulders reach a maximum width of 5mm and thickness of 2.7mm; back of band is 1.4mm wide and 0.5mm thick
• 4.2g
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