An astonishing French 18th Century 18K gold and silver dress ring set with tiered rows of fine diamonds and a central high dome deep purple amethyst. This lovely ring is an exceptionally rare piece and dates to the second half of the 18th century. It is in exceptional condition and would easily be able to be worn every day if so desired. The design is extremely opulent with three separate tiers of hand set diamonds cascading from a central amethyst down to diamond set shoulders.
Even the underside of the ring is hand engraved in an gorgeous floriate design whilst the shank itself is also spectacular and ornate. The top of the ring measures 1 5/8" long by 1 1/8" wide and rises 9/16 high off the finger when it is worn (42mm x 29mm x 15mm). In total it weighs 23.2 grams. Currently it is a ring size 7 3/4 USA. Whilst it could be resized if desired this would of course alter the decoration on the shank.
The fine gemstones set in this ring are as follows: a central saturated purple natural cabochon amethyst measuring 20.03mm by 9.71mm by 7.3mm and weighing 11.45 carats. 68 old cut diamonds with a total carat weight of approximately 2 carats. This makes the total gemstone and diamond weight 13.85 carats. There are similar examples of fine Georgian jewelry in the jewelry museum in Pforzeim but we are unaware of any example in the British Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum at this present time. An appraisal shall accompany this item.This appraisal has been made by a professional Gemologist and accredited Jewelry Appraiser who is a specialist in the field. The photos form part of the description. The item "Georgian Amethyst Cabochon Huge Rose Cut Diamond Ring 18K Gold Dress Cocktail" is in sale since Monday, December 12, 2016. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery". The seller is "jewelry_secrets" and is located in Sydney. This item can be shipped worldwide.