Post # 1
I know nothing about my engagment ring. I took it to a jeweler and he said it was “Old Mine” and antique. My friend is a estate jewelry appraiser and I showed her pictures (she lives out of state), but she couldn’t tell me anything except that she found it odd that it is marked 18k when most rings from the period she thinks it is from are made with platinum.
Does anyone have *any* idea how I can figure anything out about it? The only marking is 18k. I do not know where my fiance bought it from and he’s recently passed away, so there is no way I could find out.
Thank you to anyone who has any ideas!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@LucyInTheMud: I’m not sure, but bump!
Gah, that is STUNNING! And I’m so very sorry about your fiance. (((hugs)))
Post # 4
I’m very sorry for your lost… but your ring is very unique. The prettiest vintage engagement I ever seen……. the details are so elegant
Post # 5
It is a Edwardian crown reproduction engagement ring style. The diamond is a Old Mine Cut or Old European cut and the milligrain gives it away as this was all the rage during this time.
The fact that it is 18kt white gold means it is, without a doubt a reproduction setting. Platinum was the preferred metal during this time, and most rings of this intricacy are platinum. Two tone was also popular, and platinum was mixed with yellow gold in settings.
It is a beautiful ring, but not an antique.
Post # 5
i am very sorry about your fiancé. I came across your post doing some reading on a diamond I have. Older cut diamonds are not chiseled as fine as today.. I was told the bottom of the diamond is wider than it is nowadays.
This Type of ring is actually considered a “dinner ring”. I have one, and it was my great-grandmothers. Ask an older jeweler that you trust and they should be able to give you more detail.
I have in my own stash white gold and platinum rings that are antiques. How do I know? They have been passed down for generations. Sometimes, someone passes, and older rings end up in Estate sales. It doesn’t mean your ring isnt an antique. it’s kind of like getting a “Tiffany” setting but it’s not sold from Tiffany’s.. Someone liked it, and just perhaps couldn’t afford the platinum.