- US Size: 6.25 and sizable by the buyer's preferred jeweler post-purchase if so needed
- Total Carat Weight: This ring is estimated to be between 1-1.15ctw
- Total Precious Metal Weight: 2.87 dwt
- Precious Metal Material: 14-15k rosy yellow gold. This antique yellow gold is warm and buttery with a time-earned patina that is deeply desirable by collectors.
- Dimensions: This ring measures 10.37 mm north to south on the ring face x 10.24 mm east to west. The shoulders are structured bevel shaped and taper from 4.13 mm wide at the shoulders to 1.95 mm at the base of the shank. This ring rises about 6.20 mm from the finger.
- Weight: An incredible 4.46 grams, which is rare and notable for a ring of this style.
- Markings: One interior shoulder shows two stamps: one stamp is the serial/manufacture number for the pattern of the ring and the other is the manufacturer. What is believed to read "5500" is the serial number, and below is "B B & B" in serif type, which indicates the renowned, incomparably important jewelry house Bailey Banks & Biddle.
- Era: Circa 1880s-1900s
- Buyer Notes: Please kindly note that the girdle of the center stone shows a flea bite commensurate with the ring's age and affectionate wear over its roughly 140 year life. While not readily perceptible to the unaided and untrained eye, the nick is pictured for transparency, and does not detract from the ring's beauty, brilliance and allure. Indeed, such characteristics are considered by this shop to be treasured evidence of loving use and historic classification.
- Center Stone Type: Diamond
- Center Stone Count: One (1)
- Center Stone Carat Weight: 0.47 ct
- Center Stone Dimensions: As measured within mount so as to preserve the integrity of the ring,
- 4.54 x 4.46 x 3.30 mm
- Center Stone Shape: Old European Cut
- Center Stone Color: I-J
- Center Stone Clarity: SI1 (some speckling under magnification), and a flea bite nick on the girdle of the diamond between two prongs. This is not perceptible to the naked eye or when worn, but may be seen in macro photographs provided.
- Side Stone Type: Diamond
- Side Stone Count: Eight (8)
- Side Stone Carat Weight: 0.68 ctw
- Side Stone Dimensions & Carat Weights: As measured within mount so as to preserve the integrity of the ring
- 2.35 x 2.17 x 1.70 mm for a professionally estimated carat weight of 0.068 ct
- 2.45 x 2.30 x 1.55 mm for a professionally estimated carat weight of 0.065 ct
- 2.48 x 2.25 x 2.00 mm for a professionally estimated carat weight of 0.092 ct
- 2.43 x 2.23 x 1.75 mm for a professionally estimated carat weight of 0.075 ct
- 2.59 x 2.29 x 1.80 mm for a professionally estimated carat weight of 0.083 ct
- 2.36 x 2.34 x 1.98 mm for a professionally estimated carat weight of 0.091 ct
- 2.42 x 2.38 x 2.15 mm for a professionally estimated carat weight of 0.105 ct
- 2.50 x 2.32 x 2.11 mm for a professionally estimated carat weight of 0.103 ct
- Side Stone Shape: Old Mine Cut diamonds; one of these diamonds may actually qualify as an Old European Cut according to its dimensional ratios
- Side Stone Color: J-K; a very, very subtle kiss of warmth.
- Side Stone Clarity: VS1-SI2; beautifully eye-clean with broad, chunky faceting matrix.
A late Victorian relic, this glorious cluster ring matches the design and construction of antique diamond rings dating to between 1880 and 1900. By the 1910s, during the pre WWI-era and pre-Art Deco years, consumers favored designs that raised the diamonds even higher above the finger. In fact, the concept of a diamond setting raised atop the band was conceived first by the famed Tiffany & Co., who subsequently patented the idea. With diamonds raised in prong settings above the finger, maximum light could pass into and through the stones for utmost brightness and refractivity.
Up until this point, diamonds were set low within the band (not raised) and many times were closed back and foiled, no doubt lovely, but not ideal for the ultimate sparkle effect. By the end of the 19th century, pierced and pronged mountings rose to popularity and by the 1910s, open filigree in floral and geometric patterns were most fashionable. But between the 1880s and the early 1900s, low profile daisy-like floral allusionary design was en vogue, very discreetly recalling the designs of past generations, including Georgian cluster rings and Victorian giardinetti (Italian for 'little garden(s)') rings.
This ring is signed "BB&B", for Bailey Banks & Biddle. Bailey Banks & Biddle is technically the oldest jeweler in America, and is known for an impressive array of projects and historic specialties, including heirloom jewels for prominent American figures, famed Civil War swords, the Mortuary Medal for President Abraham Lincoln and badges such as the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, and the Silver and Bronze Stars. While this maker is extraordinarily famous, there are relatively few examples of their work on the open market, making pieces that are circulating both rare and highly sought after. Bearing the BB&B stamp is an honor and a amplifier of value in jewelry history.
This ring was sold to the shop as being 0.86 to 0.90 ctw altogether. However, this estimation is low and incorrect because it was calculated according to the formula for Modern Round Brilliant (MRB) cut diamonds, and using the spread of the diamond (how wide it measures across when viewed head-on) to determine a corresponding carat weight. The MRB formula is perfectly appropriate for modern diamond cuts, produced from the 1950s, on. But, the MRB formula does not take into consideration the substantial heft of the faceting system of historic Old European and Old Mine Cut diamonds-- both of which are exhibited in this ring.
Therefore, we at the shop calculate this diamond using the historic formula which takes into consideration the proportions and ratios of historic cuts, including the roughly 44-53% or table sizes, the culets at the base of the diamonds and the stones' bulging sides and silhouettes. Using the historic-- and inherently more appropriate-- formula, we estimate that this center diamond is actually between 0.45 to 0.49 ct. So, while the diamond may have the width (spread) of a MODERN 0.36 ct diamond, its chunky profile reveals its covetable heft that boosts its carat weight to between 0.45 to 0.49 ct. This same concept is applied to each of the side diamonds, as they have the spreads of MODERN 0.05 ct-0.07 ct diamonds, they actually calculate out (using the historic formula) as larger stones. Altogether, these 8 side diamonds have a combined weight of 0.68 ctw.
As a conservative estimate using the historic OMC/OEC formula, we consider this diamond ring to boast a carat weight of at least 1 ctw; mathematical formulas place the carat weight at about 1.15 ctw.
Please kindly keep in mind that different jewelers, different dealers and different appraisers vary in the formula they use to determine the carat weight of a diamond. In order to provide our shoppers with the truest carat weight that we can, we use the most appropriate formula according to the exact cut of the stone present. Worthy of mentioning, there are some nature carbon inclusions on the interior of some of the stones, as pictured. These are organic fingerprints left by Mother Nature during the billions of years long formation of the diamonds deep within the earth. These are not readily visible to the unaided eye and are most cleverly camouflaged by the faceting systems of the diamonds. Such is the intelligent draw of antique diamonds!
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