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Tall ANTIQUE 1.8 Carat 9 Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Daisy Cluster Ring 18k Yellow Gold French Antique

Tall ANTIQUE 1.8 Carat 9 Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Daisy Cluster Ring 18k Yellow Gold French Antique

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Of all the ring requests I receive, the old mine cut cluster is the one in highest demand. And this is quite a fine one with a bright white color and tall and dramatic ring face with 9 old mine cuts totaling around 1.8 carats total weight in diamonds. Amazing glitter factor with a large footprint the finger. Ribbed shank with flared shoulders leading up to the nice size ring face. A timeless classic with exceptional sparkle. Nice to find one in all yellow gold as often times these antique clusters are topped in a white metal. Adding to its appeal, it has very sturdy prongs making this beauty ready for regular wear.

This is a Paris find. French hallmark for 18k gold with a goldsmith stamp.

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 see my website where you can find more photos or video as I have many besides those allowed here.


Size 6. Weight is 6.2 grams. The ring face is 14.5mm and 9mm off the finger. The center diamond is raised in prongs and is the largest at about 5mm and measuring around .6 carat alone. The eight in the halo are about 3.3mm each give or take. I would not remove them for exact measurements but just using estimates it is around 1.8 carats total weight in diamonds.


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 these diamonds, for old stones have particularly lovely fire reflecting a noticeable flash with the other colors of the rainbow. They are mostly all eye clean and also bright white in color. So even though the ring was made long before the 4 C's existed, it sparkles really beautifully and would grade well on the scale. I'm amazed by it now as I wear it in low light how glittery and bright it is.

A worn prong here or there typical for age but the prongs are chunky and not delicate so all the stones are very secure. Mostly eye clean, a small natural inclusion here or there and some small specks, only very slightly eye visible if at all, and no dark carbon specks, so again nothing glaring. Only one nibble to one inside girdle edge of one of the smaller stones again not really apparent while wearing and no nicks, and no other nicks, nibbles, chips or flakes of loss to any other stones making the diamonds' condition better than many antique old mine cuts.

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 : )

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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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