Early Victorian Diamond & Guilloche Ring

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Early Victorian Diamond & Guilloche Ring

3,200.00

Metal: 15K Gold

Stone: Table Cut & Mine Cut Diamonds 

Size: 7

Face Size: 16 mm Diameter

Era: 1820-1840

What You Should Know: Closed Back Setting.

*This Ring is Resizable.

This early Victorian Era ring has a lot going for it. Over one carat of sparkling old mine cut diamonds are set in silver topped gold to boost their brightness. The gold scrolling shank is in pristine condition with split shoulders and interesting lines. There’s even an antique engraving on the back of the face of the ring, nodding to its storied history. But possibly the most unique detail is the insanely gorgeous enamel work incorporated into the ring.

Guilloche enamel work was a common (yet expensive!) technique in the 1800’s, and has unfortunately all but almost disappeared in modern jewelry design. The word guilloche comes from French, meaning “engine turning”. It refers to the process in which a machine is used to engrave geometric shapes or wavy parallel lines into a metal, and then topped with a glossy colorful enamel. It is the same technique used to design the intricate lines on banknotes to avoid forgery! This method was quite innovative for the Victorian Era, and was a telltale sign of early modernism. The guilloche work on this particular ring adds dimension and charming personality to its already cheery character and discreetly reminds us of the inventive and laborious craftsmanship of artisans long ago. 

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