Antique Edwardian five-stone diamond ring in 18-carat gold and platinum, circa 1915


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Here’s a lovely example of an early 20th century five-stone diamond ring. 

The old brilliant cuts are good quality and are matched for colour, clarity and cut. By cut I mean they have similar proportions, so they throw the light back in a similar fashion. 

I also love the diamonds’ sizes. The centre stone is roughly twice as large as the adjoining diamonds, which in turn are twice as large as the end ones. This is very pleasing to the eye. 

At the time this ring was handcrafted, the latest fashion was to mount diamonds in platinum, as here. Platinum was embraced by the jewellery trade as it doesn’t tarnish – unlike silver, the only other precious white metal known at that time. And it requires less metal to secure the stones than gold or silver. 

This led to a revolution in gemstone setting, and thus design. Gemstones came to the foreground, with the setting often simple and secondary. 

Yet simple can still be artful. A pronounced curve across the top of this ring makes it sit beautifully on the finger. 


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold and platinum

• Central old European brilliant cut diamond estimated at 0.45 carats, graded set as H-I/SI1

• Two middle old European brilliant diamonds estimated to total 0.50 carats, graded set as H/SI2

• Two outer old European brilliant  diamonds estimated to total 0.40 carats, graded set as G/SI1 & SI2

• Comes with an independent insurance valuation for $6,750

• Size approximately 5 1/2 or K 1/2, but easily resized free of charge

• Height of centre stone approximately 4.7mm

• Weight is 2.6 grams

• In excellent antique condition

• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (the antique boxes are not included)

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description. 

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

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