ANTIQUE FRENCH ORIGIN ART NOUVEAU ROSE CUT DIAMOND RING
This antique piece was crafted sometime during the Art Nouveau design period in France (1890-1910). The center diamond is a beautifully unique rose cut. Rose cut diamonds are perhaps one of the most captivating and unique antique diamond cuts. They were typically cut by hand in the 18th and 19th centuries and are said to capture the essence of a gently unfurling rose bud. They have a very natural look. The cut’s facets are noticeably uneven and they do not have a pavilion; resembling sort of a slice of diamond instead of a whole stone. All these attributes are par the course for the Art Nouveau design period. This lavish design style was most popular in France and Brussels where it originated during the late Victorian period. The exquisite era celebrated natural beauty and decadent floral designs. The Nouveau era cherished sinuous feminine designs and derived inspiration from earthy ethereal themes. Dragonflies and butterflies were often incorporated into Nouveau art, jewelry, and textiles. Perhaps the most recognizable example of this particular design period would be the classic Louis Comfort Tiffany dragonfly lamps. This antique piece is 14k gold and features 12 rose cut diamond accents set into sinuous swirls around the center diamond. The setting features antique style claw prongs and French hallmarks on the outside of the shank. The center rose cut diamond measures approximately 0.50 carats and grades approximately I in color and SI2 in clarity. Please keep in mind rose cut diamonds have a very natural hand cut shape, unique color, and scintillation. This antique ring is currently a size 8.