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Antique .7 Carat Natural Salt & Pepper Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Belcher Buttercup Ring French 9k Gold Gypsy Solitaire

Antique .7 Carat Natural Salt & Pepper Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Belcher Buttercup Ring French 9k Gold Gypsy Solitaire

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Big stock drop of old mine cut gypsy rings, I just happened to have acquired several on my last trip so I am rolling out a grouping.

This one is kind of a combination gypsy and buttercup / belcher set with the long prongs. It is crafted in 9k gold which has a lovely softness to it and a pale rosy hue.

The diamond is heavily included giving it salt and pepper vibes along with a bright white frosty appearance. It's quite beautiful to study under magnification as the inclusions can catch the light so it is like looking into a galaxy. Many of us antique diamond enthusiasts love to seek out old cuts with unique eccentricities such as these, as each of these natural untreated stones are one of a kind. All antique hand cut antique diamonds of course have a more limited supply since they are no longer made in this way. There are only so many in existence compared to the millions of carats of modern machine cut diamonds made every year. These have withstood the test of time. So it's a different mindset of collecting hand cut antiques compared to the mathematically perfected proportions of modern machine cut diamonds. And this one was made by nature long before the trend of salt & pepper stones came to be so it's a real trend setter : ). I've had people request them in the past but this is the first actually antique that I've been able to source.

Please note the measurements as I have small fingers and it can be difficult to determine scale from pictures.

This would be a wonderful gift - right hand ring, statement piece, or stacker.

French hallmark for 9k gold.

Antique box not included.

It is currently a size 8 1/4. The ring face 8.6mm north south. It is 5.3mm tall off the finger with the high crown of the diamond. It weighs 4g.

I do not remove my stones from their antique settings for exact measurements but the diamond measures about 5.6mm by 5.6mm by 3.5mm and calculates to a about 0.7 carat estimated.


All my pieces are pre-owned and in estate condition. As mentioned previously this antique diamond is heavily included. It has a bright white frosty appearance with flecks of carbon spots - a very interesting stone. Two of the prongs are completely worn back but the other eight, while showing some wear are still quite long to hold the stone securely. Just something to keep an eye on over the next 100 years. The stone is in great condition with no chips or nicks. There are no dark spots to the gold, it was just difficult to photograph because it reflects its surroundings. Due to age - please note this is not a mint condition item.

I enjoy making my customers happy and matching unique pieces with new homes. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions! It means a lot to me that you are visiting my shop! : )

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A note about antique diamonds:
The whole "4 C's" of cut, color, clarity, carat didn't come about until the 1940s so prior to that and especially on antique pieces, there was not as much emphasis placed on those things. (Sure people probably appreciated a certain look of a certain diamond as it appeared to the eye but it was not a graded scale like we have today for machine cut stones.) It is difficult to judge antique stones against modern day diamonds with their grading system evaluating their mathematically perfected proportions using methods and standards that didn’t exist for hand cut old cut diamonds. No two old cuts are the same as they were crafted in times lacking those modern standards. The diamond cutters of the time were experts at hand cutting each stone to enhance it which means that even lower color grades can be cut to appear whiter. (Although it is also worth noting that many antique collectors prefer and seek out antique diamonds with warmer hues.)

It is also interesting that "lower graded" diamonds in today's scale system, were some of the best on the market during this period! So it is less about their grades and more about the unique play of light and color that each one can offer. I read one article that stated: “When searching for the perfect old cut diamond (for you), you need to view them through different eyes as you would for a modern diamond, Laboratory grading reports don’t offer too much information in regards to their individual beauty or sparkle which are based more on their individual character and uniqueness that each one potentially offers.”
Just an interesting comparison of antique vs. modern diamonds. : ). I always study each diamond in detail under strong magnification so I describe everything that I see, which can be compared against the 4 C's scale if desired.


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