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FIRE French Antique .6 Carat Old Mine Cut DIAMOND 8.3g 18k Gold Platinum Ring

FIRE French Antique .6 Carat Old Mine Cut DIAMOND 8.3g 18k Gold Platinum Ring

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Type: Ring
Materials: 18k Gold, Diamond, Platinum
Size: 6 1/2
Era: Victorian (1837-1901)



I did a big clearout of my personal collection of rings and this is my most reluctant release : /

Unique and special French antique gypsy band with scrolled flames / fire around all sides holding up a nice chunky old mine cut diamond. The buttery 18k gold work on this one is really something special with the swirling design in glowing gold. Unique piece makes a great chunky unisex band. The shank is wide all the way around and it has a sturdy and quality hand feel.

The oval old mine cut diamond has a great sparkle, held amidst the flames in a platinum bezel (as it was customary for the time to set diamonds in a white metal.)

French hallmark for 18k that was used primarily in the 1800s and discontinued by 1919, it is faint but it is there, and I love to see it because it guarantees the authenticity / date of the piece.

Antique box not included. Please note the measurements as I have small hands and it can be difficult to decipher scale from photos.

Please feel free to request additional photos as I have many more than the number allowed here.


Currently measures about a size 6 1/2. The ring face is 9mm north to south and it stands 6mm tall off the finger. The piece weighs a very sturdy 8.3 grams. Great quality hand feel. The flames are openwork and the area behind the diamond is open of course, but the rest of the ring face is thick solid 18k gold (not hollowed out at the back, etc.)

The diamond is at least 0.6 carat just measuring the visible portions (as it widens out an unknown amount in the platinum bezel which surrounds all sides of the stone). The stone is about 5.5x4.8mm, I couldn't get an accurate depth on the stone and would not remove it to measure exact so the carat weight is approximate.


All my pieces are pre-owned and in estate condition. There are two tiny spots close together on one of the side facets, which I believe are indented natural inclusions - GIA defines this as a dent that occurs under the surface of a diamond as a result of the diamond cutter's decision not to polish it off, because doing so could end up harming the diamond so the cutters would work around it. They almost look like two tiny nicks close together but one has a tiny carbon speck at the base of it which is why I am describing it as such. This is not considered a defect or blemish. The carbon speck is not eye visible but the tiny indents can be seen like a minute/tiny frosty speck if you study it close up from the side and it catches the light. Also under strong magnification the indented natural inclusion can reflect to a spot at the base of the stone due to the mirrored facets (similar to a kozibe effect of an open culet) but again this is not eye visible. Amazing and striking design, the gold is lovely. But my disclaimer as with all my antique pieces, this is not a mint condition item.

Very sweet piece from a very special era. 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! : )

A note about antique diamonds:
Prior to the 1940s and especially on antique pieces, there was not much emphasis placed on the "4 C's". (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. And the diamond cutters of the time were experts at cutting these stones to enhance them, which means that even lower color grades can be cut to appear whiter. It is also interesting that "lower graded" diamonds in today's scale system, were some of the best on the market during this period!

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