0.45ct Old European Cut Diamond Gypsy Set Ring in Platinum

An old cut diamond and platinum gypsy set ring by Hancocks. The ring is set in the centre with an old European cut diamond weighing 0.45ct set flush in a gypsy-style setting within a handcrafted platinum band with a brushed satin finish that tapers towards the back and has a softly rounded profile.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials0.45ct I SI1 Old European cut diamond - with GIA certificate
Condition ReportNew
SettingPlatinum with maker's mark and London assay marks
Weight description15.3 grams
DimensionsUK finger size S 1/2, US finger size 9.25 (Can be adjusted to any size)
Front centre: 7.9mm
Back centre: 4mm

Directors Notes

The old European brilliant cut is the forefather of todays modern round brilliant cut diamond.  It was developed towards the end of the 19th Century when new machinery was invented, in particular the motor-driven saw, which allowed diamonds to be cut in attractive, symmetrical round shapes without wasting the excess rough crystal that was cut off. This revolutionised the industry and gradually, through a process of trial and error, cutters discovered which proportions produced the finest balance of brilliance and fire within these new round stones.  Diamonds were now able to dazzle even in the dimly candle-lit rooms of the turn of the century. Along with their characteristic polished culet facets, finely cut old European brilliants can be distinguished from their modern counterparts by their higher crowns and smaller table facets. These features combine to create a greater amount of spectral colour-flashes from inside the stone than we typically see in modern cut diamonds.


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