The Old Mine Cut Half Loop Band

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The Old Mine Cut Half Loop Band

7,000.00

Metal: 18K Gold & Sterling Silver

Stone: Old Mine Cut Diamond (Est. 2tcw)

Size: 7

Era: 1800

What You Should Know: Stones have been re foiled and cleaned.

*This Ring Can Be Resized

We often get asked why diamonds from the Georgian era look gray when in fact, they are white. Pretty good question since these diamonds are characterized by a shadowy, smoky sparkle rather than your rainbow making, blinded by the light effect you get from modern cut stones. We’re here to dispel your queries, with a little history lesson.

Back in the Georgian era, in the 1700s, there weren’t the crazy advancements in the art of diamond cutting that we have today. Everything was still done by hand, making every piece unique and special in every way. Even though these diamond cuts were beautiful (we even prefer them!), there was a desire to raise the dazzle factor, and an innovative solution was realized. Jewelers would place foil behind the diamonds, inside the setting to act as a background for the stone. This increased light reflection and became a standard for Georgian diamond jewelry. Over time, that foil oxidizes slowly and the gorgeous patina creates a silvery color shining through the diamond. The result is a moody, but stunning stone that we are clearly obsessed with.

This Georgian half loop band has around 2 carats of Old Mine Cut Diamonds, with that classic foil back setting. A beauty like this is rare since the foil work doesn’t typically stand the test of time, but it's possible someone took the love and care to replace the foil at some point in this ring’s storied history. It was certainly worth it.

 

 

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