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Hancocks

Contemporary
A charming 0.74ct old mine brilliant cut diamond and platinum ring with fine diamond-set shoulders.
£7,500.00
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A charming old cut diamond ring by Hancocks, set to the centre with an old mine brilliant cut diamond weighing 0.74cts and of E colour and SI1 clarity between finely tapering diamond-set shoulders, all to a handmade platinum mount with hand engraved scroll and foliate details.
Specifications
  • OriginLondon
  • Gemstones and Other Materials0.74ct E SI1 old mine brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate (2156780624). Additional 0.12cts of round brilliants
  • Condition ReportNew
  • SettingPlatinum with maker's mark and London assay marks
  • Weight description3.5 grams
  • DimensionsUK finger size M, US size 6.5
Directors notes
Old mine brilliants or old miners are either square or rectangular cushion shaped diamonds with clearly rounded corners and sides. The style developed after the discovery of diamonds in Brazil in about 1725 which facilitated experiments in cutting due to the large increase in available stones. Eager as ever to retain as much weight as possible, cutters still followed the shape of the rough crystals but now corners became more rounded and the number of facets increased. The discovery of diamonds in South Africa during the late 1860’s coincided with revolutionised mechanical cutting methods. This saw the fashion for new round cut diamonds replace these cushion shaped stones which then became known as ‘old mine’ diamonds. Today the name old mine brilliant still describes a cushion shaped diamond with a small table facet, high crown and polished culet. These features allow old mine cuts to have a huge amount of fire and life, even in dimly-lit environments.

Hancocks

Within the archives of the London jewellers Hancocks, there exists the most extraordinary book.  Large, heavy and showing distinct signs of age it is filled with page after page of diary entries documenting almost one hundred and twenty years of not only company history but social history as well.  

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