Antique Hand Faceted 1¼ Carat - 6½mm Faceted White Diamond Round Precious Gemstone. Contemporary High Quality Solid 14kt Yellow Gold Ring (Size 7 Resizing Available). CLASSIFICATION: Faceted White Diamond Color Graded H [Color].
WEIGHT : Approximately 1.14 carats. DETAIL: There was but one source of diamond in the ancient worldIndia, where written records pertaining to diamond date back to 400 B. The ancient Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods; and it is from the Greek word adamas, "untameable" or "unconquerable", referring to its hardness, that the word diamond is derived. The ancient Romans believed that diamonds were splinters of fallen stars. Though this is not an exceptionally high quality diamond (and Siberia does produce some magnificent diamonds), it is nonetheless gorgeous, sparkling white diamond round which is to to casual examination eye clean.
It would be very suitable for a nice ring or pendant. The gemstone was hand crafted and faceted by a 19th century Russian artisan, part of an heritage renown for the production of the elaborate gemstones and jewelry of the Czars of Medieval, Renaissance, and Victorian Russia.
The round cut is very similar to the brilliant round faceted finish given to contemporary round diamonds (a brilliant cut). In fact the cut could be properly called the precursor to the more modern finish. This is nice, white diamond with nice fire and brilliance, and no noticeable dark (carbon) inclusions. Although by contemporary standards this is of very humble grade, but the standards of the 19th century when this particular gemstone was crafted, it was a very expensive and exclusive gemstone (keep in mind this was produced before the discovery of massive high-grade diamond deposits in South Africa). The trained eye will easily discern the tell-tale indicators that this gemstone was hand cut and hand faceted.
The coarseness of the 19th century finish is considered appealing to most gemstone collectors, and is not considered a detriment. In fact these characteristics of hand crafted gemstones are considered part and parcel of the magic of such antique gemstones. Unlike today's computer controlled machine processes, the cut and finish of gemstones such as these is the legacy of an artisan who lived two centuries ago.
Such antique hand-faceted gemstones possess much greater character and appeal than today's mass-produced machine-faceted gemstones. This diamond has great luster and very nice sparkle, and to the eye is more or less transparent, but it is not anywhere near flawless.
True, the blemishes it possesses are near invisible to the naked eye, and the gemstone could be characterized, to use trade jargon, as "near eye clean". However magnified 400% or 500%, as it is here, you can see minor blemishes (colorless imperfections) within the gemstone and occasional irregularities in the finish. But these characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, you must also consider that two centuries ago the mining techniques even possible then, let alone in practice, did not allow the ultra deep mining operations which are so commonplace today.
The setting is of contemporary origin. It is a high quality setting manufactured by one of the USAs leading semi-custom mount producers. It is constructed of solid 14kt yellow gold (NOT merely gold plate).
We do have the ability to have the ring sent out for resizing if requested. Additionally, if preferred, the mounting is also available in 14kt solid white gold. Two centuries ago mankind was more or less limited to surface deposits or near surface deposits of gemstones. Higher quality gemstones which today are routinely mined from beneath hundreds of meters, even kilometers beneath the earth's surface, were simply inaccessible then. So antique gemstones must be appreciated as antiques first, gemstones second.
The relatively superlative quality of contemporary gemstones routinely mined from deep beneath the earth's surface today were simply not accessible two centuries ago, or at least, only rarely so. However for most, the unique nature and character of antique gemstones such as this more than makes up for minute blemishes which by and large, are only visible under magnification.
HISTORY OF DIAMONDS: In the ancient world there was only one source of diamondsIndia. Bombay remains today one of the worlds great diamond cutting centers (along with New York, Tel Aviv, and Antwerp). Over 800,000 cutters are employed in the city of Bombay alone; cutting 90% of the worlds diamonds. The best Indian diamonds originated from the Majhgawan pipe, near Panna, India, which was discovered in 1827.
However India is no longer a big producer of mined diamonds, producing only about 20,000 carats a year. Australia produces 2,000 times more diamonds each year about 40 million carats a year; followed by 20 million a year for the Congolese Republic, 15 million a year for Botswana, and 10 million a year each for Russia and South Africa. However this region of India did produce some of the worlds greatest diamonds, including the Great Mogul (793 carats), the Regent (410 carats), the Nizam (340 carats), the Orloff (194 carats), the Kohinoor (132 carats), and the Hope or Blue Tavernier (112 carats).
The traditional Indian supplies of diamonds which had fed the appetites of the ancient world for thousands of years were almost exhausted when enormous new alluvial deposits of diamonds were discovered in 1725 in Brazil, followed by the staggering discoveries of 1870 in South Africa. Perhaps the earliest symbolic use of diamonds was as the eyes of Hindu devotional statues. The diamonds themselves were thought to be endowments from the gods and were therefore cherished. The point at which diamonds assumed their divine status is not known, but early texts indicate they were recognized in India since at least 400 B. The word most generally used for diamond in Sanskrit was vajra, or "thunderbolt, " and the possession of diamond was according to ancient Hindu texts thought to bring, happiness, prosperity, children, riches, grain, cows and meat.
(As well) he who wears a diamond will see dangers recede from him whether he (is) threatened by serpents, fire, poison, sickness, thieves, flood or evil spirits. The presence of diamond in Rome is established by the writings of Pliny the Elder 23-79 A. Unfortunately according to Pliny, these stones are tested upon the anvil, and will resist the blow to such an extent as to make the iron rebound and the very anvil split asunder.
One can only imagine the numbers of genuine diamonds smashed into splinters by this ill-advised test. However even diamond splinters were valued by the Romans who used diamond points set into iron scribes to engrave sapphires, cameos, and intaglios.
Even early Chinese references to diamond cite its coming from Rome in iron scribes. Chinese interest in diamond was strictly as an engraving or carving tool, primarily for jade, or as a drill for beads and pearls. In western culture, diamonds are the traditional emblem of fearlessness and virtue. Though most of the worlds diamonds are cut in Bombay, over 90% of the worlds rough diamonds are traded in Antwrep, Belgium.Between the 13th and 15th centuries the worlds diamond center had been Bruges; then Antwerp until the citys capture by the Spanish in 1585 A. Then Amsterdam through the early 19th century, then back to Antwrep.
The Portuguese colony of Goa was the point of origin for diamonds from India, the trade route developing from Goa to Lisbon to Antwerp and thus cutting out the traditional Arabic middle men. Small numbers of diamonds begin appearing in European regalia and jewelry in the 13th century, set as accent points among pearls in splendidly wrought gold. Louis IX of France 1214-70 A. Decreed that diamonds were to be reserved for royalty alone, an indication of the rarity of diamonds and the value conferred on them at that time.The history of diamond cutting can be traced to the late Middle Ages before which time diamonds were enjoyed in their natural octahedral state. At the time, diamond was valued chiefly for its brilliant lustre and superlative hardness. The most common (table) cut diamond would appear black to the eye, as they do in paintings of the era. Diamond cutting is believed to have originated in Venice about 1330 A. There was a guild of diamond polishers in Nurnberg. About a hundred years later absolute symmetry in the disposition of faceting was introduced and the most common cuts were known as pendeloque or briolette. About the middle of the 16th century, the rose cut was introduced. The first brilliant cut was introduced in the middle of the 17th century. By the 16th century as diamonds became larger and more prominent, their popularity had spread from royalty to the noble classes. This was in part a response to the development of diamond faceting, which enhanced their brilliance and fire. By the 17th century diamonds were becoming popular with the wealthy merchant class. Diamonds occur in a variety of colors - steel, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink, brown and black. The most common diamonds, and arguably the most sought after (though not the rarest) are pure and colorless. The most common impurity is nitrogen, which if dispersed will give the stone a yellowish tint (but if clustered does not affect the diamonds color). Diamonds without nitrogen impurities are often colored pink, red, or brown the color arising from molecular structural anomalies. Blue diamonds are colored by boron impurities. A form of carbon, diamonds are not forever, even the Romans demonstrated that they will burn (or decay with heat). However a diamond is likely the oldest thing you will ever own, probably 3 billion years in age, fully two thirds the age of the Earth. Diamonds are carbon crystals that form deep within the Earth under high temperatures and extreme pressures.
For instance when as part of plate teutonics an ocean floor slides beneath the earths crust and into the mantle, entrapped organic carbon may eventually become diamond. They are created at depths generally more than 150 kilometers down into the mantle. Diamonds are brought back to the surface in a rare form of molten rock, or magma.That originates at great depths, which rises and erupts in small but violent volcanoes. When cooled, just beneath such volcanoes is a carrot-shaped "pipe" filled with volcanic rock, mantle fragments, and embedded diamonds. Diamonds also form as a result of the immense pressures created by meteor impacts. Meteorites also experience impacts themselves and can contain diamonds.
And the most ancient meteorite material contains star dust, the remnants of the death of stars. Some of this star dust are very small diamonds and are older than the solar system itself. New studies indicate that they formed more than 5 billion years ago in flashes of radiation from dying red-giant stars into surrounding clouds of methane-rich gas.To visit a great web site by the American Museum of Natural History. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. Please ask for a rate quotation. Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years.
Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well.
I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the business of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia.
The item "Diamond Gold Ring 1¼ct Antique 19thC Ancient Greek Roman Tears of God Gem 14kt" is in sale since Thursday, March 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Other Decorative Collectibles".
The seller is "ancientgifts" and is located in Lummi Island, Washington. This item can be shipped worldwide.