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Exceptional ANTIQUE 2 Carat Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Daisy Cluster Ring 18k Rose Gold Platinum

Exceptional ANTIQUE 2 Carat Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Daisy Cluster Ring 18k Rose Gold Platinum

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Of all the ring requests I receive, the old mine cut cluster is the one in highest demand, as evidenced by my last two selling very quickly. And this is another striking one with the diamonds having a nice clarity and with a noticeable fire - really quite fine for the period. Crafted in 18k gold and topped in platinum, the piece in total holds 11 old mine cuts totaling over 2 carats total weight in diamonds. Amazing glitter factor with a large footprint the finger for that chunky antique sparkle. I've had several through the years but this one is more uncommon with the larger center diamond, we often see them more uniform in size. Raised details at each shoulder are set with a smaller old mine cut for an additional glint. A timeless classic with exceptional sparkle factor.

No gold hallmarks remain which is common for French pieces as they are marked in the back and often lost during a sizing or from wear. But sold to me from a reputable source in France where the standard is 18k and tested to confirm, and confirmed to be topped in platinum by my jeweler. It was customary for the period to set diamonds in a white metal so we often see them with this fabrication combination. The shank has a rosy gold hue.

Antique box in photos is not included. Please note the measurements as I have small fingers and it can be difficult to determine scale from pictures. Feel free to also request more photos or video as I have many besides those allowed here or look for it on my website. Apologies for the mark on my hand - a hand stamp from my niece's softball tournament that I couldn't get to wash away : ) !


Size 6 1/4. Weight is 4.75 grams. The ring face is 15x11mm and 6.5mm off the finger.

The center diamond is raised in prongs and is the largest at about 5.4mm by 4.8mm, quite a chunky cut and over 0.6 carat alone. The rest in the halo around 3 to 3.5mm give or take. The diamonds at each shoulder are about 2mm. I would not remove them for exact measurements but was able to get the depth on some. Just using estimates it is a little over 2 carats total weight in diamonds. The reputable place I purchased it from estimated the weights at higher than I am providing but I am selling as 2 carats as I always estimate conservatively.


Many more pics of it can be found on my website!

I love antique diamonds, even those with inclusions or hues typical for the time, because some of those were still among the best available in the market during that period, and were expertly cut by hand to enhance their best characteristics. So I don’t often like to compare antique stones against modern grading standards - BUT the diamonds, for old stones have very nice fire and clarity with only very slightly eye visible inclusions and zero damage. So even though the ring was made long before the 4 C's existed, it sparkles really beautifully.

There are no dark carbon spots but the center diamond has a clear speck that can sometimes catch the light. You can see it in the zoomed video in direct sunlight. Some of the diamonds display a slight warmth. I don't see a single nibble or flea bite to any facets or girdle edges.

A worn inside prong here or there typical for age but all the outside prongs are long and sturdy. It looks like there may have been a bit of reinforcement done with a laser in two spots along the inside edge. The center stone is completely secure and encased on all sides by long prongs.

Please note that all my pieces are pre-owned and in estate condition. They will have patina, surface wear, a few small nicks. These pieces may also have evidence of a sizing, some build up around the stones and / or inclusions seen under magnification, typical for antique pieces. I have mentioned any noticeable issues above and they are all still wearable and eager to be loved and accepted for many years to come, (the preservation of antique jewelry, even those with signs of their age and history, is important to me. : )
But - Please note due to age, this piece is not in mint condition. Pictures also serve as part of the description and condition report so please utilize the zoom feature which will magnify any wear significantly more than what is visible to the eye while wearing : )

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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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.) So it is difficult to judge antique stones against modern day diamonds and their grading system. No two old cuts are the same as they were crafted in times lacking any 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 put it nicely: “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.”

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