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Sensational Antique Diamond Navette Ring

Sensational Antique Diamond Navette Ring

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An absolutely dazzling early 20th century ring in bright Victorian style, inspired by designs already popular for decades. The navette - French for little boat - is a style of cluster ring with a distinct elongated shape tapered at both ends. Set north-south on a band like this, the design is beloved for the finger-lengthening effect and vivid sparkle of a cluster alike. The chubby old European cut diamonds, hand-facetted by master diamond cutters, were designed to maximize the yield of the rough diamond and to sparkle under the common lighting conditions of the time - certainly in sunlight, though a ring like this was meant to truly come alive in evening by candlelight and lamplight. Big broad facets on deep stones catch the light and return vividly refracted and dispersed rainbows that will completely captivate you. While the platinum face of the ring - a new material for the new century - brightens the diamonds, warmth is brought back in with a rich yellow gold band with charming reeded shoulders.

Very good antique condition with wear in line with age and use; all stones secure. Ring is slightly out of round from a past resizing.

• 18k yellow gold and platinum, stamped 18ct and tested
• Size 8 and can be resized within reason
• 17 old European cut diamonds approximately 0.60 carat total weight, overall G-H SI
• Face of ring measures 17.8mm wide, 9.6mm across, with a rise of 3.9mm; back of band measures 1.5mm wide and 0.6mm thick
• 2.9g
• This ring comes with a third-party appraisal
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