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One Carat CHAMPAGNE Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Eye Clean French Antique 18k Gold Black Enamel Gypsy Ring Solitaire

One Carat CHAMPAGNE Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Eye Clean French Antique 18k Gold Black Enamel Gypsy Ring Solitaire

Regular price $4,484.00 USD
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ABOUT:

A sturdy wide band antique gypsy ring with the added bonus of a chunky and colored 1 carat eye clean old mine cut diamond. This natural earth mined untreated diamond appears as a light champagne color that at some angles has a peachy blush hue to it. As a design accent, the top of the thickly domed band is black to provide a bold statement. It was sold to me as onyx but I actually think it is enamel or some other material as it does not feel heavy enough to be a stone. The black is a wonderful contrast to the old mine cut diamond with its high crown that crops out of the bezel. The setting is 18k gold with a glowing antique patina that has some slightly rosy hues under magnification. This is something highly sought after as this special coloring cannot be found on new gold jewelry. So lovely!

French hallmark for 18k. Gypsy bands are always very popular in the shop. This Paris find is scarce and sought after for a few reasons - the first is that 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.

The second is the color - it is believed that only 1 carat in every 10,000 carats mined are diamonds with hues. So putting the old hand cut together with the color makes a champagne OMC even more scarce. Especially one of this size with such a chunky cut.

Another added bonus is that the diamond is eye clean with any inclusions seen only when studying the piece under strong, lit magnification. It can actually be more common to find inclusions particularly in colored diamonds because of how they were naturally formed, but that is not the case here so this is a special stone.

Please note the measurements as I have small fingers and it can be difficult to determine scale from pictures.
Antique box not included.

SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:
It is currently a size 7 1/4. I believe there is vacant space inside the shank looking at the fabrication and feel of it. The ring face 9.3mm north south. It is a tall 8mm tall off the finger with the high crown of the diamond. It weighs 7.2g.

I do not remove my stones from their antique settings for exact measurements but the diamond measures about 6mm and is quite deep, it calculates to about one full carat estimated.

CONDITION NOTES:

All my pieces are pre-owned and in estate condition. As mentioned previously this is an exceptional antique diamond. I look at antique diamonds all day every day. 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 limited 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 this diamond has a really better than most clarity and a wonderful color. There is one crystal inclusion but the diamond cutter expertly hid it in the faceting so it is only visible when you study the stone under magnification at an angle (and even then I almost miss it every time). This is an example of how the Four C's scale wouldn't do this antique stone justice as the clarity rating would not reflect the way the stone was expertly hand cut to make the inclusion invisible while wearing (and even almost invisible under magnification).

No damage to the diamond but the setting has wear with some crazing under magnification along with scuffs and scratches to the black enamel that can catch the light. It still has a nice sheen overall but does show some surface wear. There is a line on the vertical edge of the black on each side, perpendicular with the bezel - I cannot tell if this is a seam, was done during fabrication or a hairline crack. It remains solid black with no chips around it but you can see it if you are looking for it. There is a nick to the black enamel on one edge where it meets the gold of the shank. There is some brown material under magnification, a tiny seam of it where the black enamel meets the gold shank but this was part of the original fabrication of the ring and is not visible while wearing.

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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