In this platinum Belgian Fifties ring from 1950, a brilliant cut diamond transcends from a frilled gallery constructing a colossal pedestal for its radiant centre. Reinforced with four single brilliant cut diamonds on each side, the shank is capable of lifting the base of this frustum and of elevating this exclusive jewel to the next level of luxury.
Antique jewelry object group: engagement ring (or anniversary ring)
Condition: excellent condition - (more info on our condition scale)
Country of origin: Belgium
Style: Fifties (of the twentieth century) - See also: Fifties (of the twentieth century)or more info on styles
Period: ca. 1950 - (events and facts in 1950)
Material: platinum - (more info on precious metals)
Extra information: Betrothal rings were used during Roman times, but weren't generally revived in the Western world until the 13th century. The first well-documented use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in imperial court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy.
Before the 20th century, other types of betrothal gifts were common. Before the end of the 19th century, the bride-to-be frequently received a sewing thimble rather than a engagement ring. This practice was particularly common among religious groups that shunned jewelry. Engagement rings didn't become standard in the West until the end of the 19th century, and diamond rings didn't become common until the 1930s. Now, 80% of the women are offered a diamond ring to signify engagement. (from: Wikipedia)
Diamonds: One brilliant cut diamond with an estimated weight of approx. 0.35 crt.and eight single brilliant cut diamonds (also called 8/8) with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.12 crt. Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. (approximate color and clarity: K, vs)
Total diamond weight: approx. 0.47 crt.
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April. - (more info on birthstones)
Hallmarks: "pt950" Which is the Belgian control mark for platinum and the mastermark of A.Verhaest who was jeweller in Courtrai, Belgium. - (more info on hallmarks)
Dimensions: top of ring 1,70 cm (0,67 inch) x 1,05 cm (0,41 inch)
Weight: 7,70 gram (4,95 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 55 & 17½ , Size US 7¼ , Size UK: O
Resizing: Free resizing, but because of the the way the ring is made, we cannot guarantee to make it on every size; so please ask in advance (only for extreme resizing we have to charge). - (more info on ring sizes)