(Closed) Why do these rings look black?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

They don’t look black to me. They look aged.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

i believe the metal is antiqued silver.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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reginabee :  Well Georgian is simply the Georgian period, meaning they’re from the 1700 or 1800s, but I don’t think that period is particularly associated with black rings. The black could just be tarnish. Those are not black diamonds but they may be heavily included, causing some of the blackness.

I have an antique family ring which looked like those photos — I took it to the jeweller to have the setting restored, so we wouldn’t lose the diamonds, and it turns out the blackness was tarnish! We had always assumed the ring was gold & platinum (partly because the diamonds are sizeable, so we assumed a more expensive metal was used), but it turns out they set the diamonds in silver! And of course silver tarnishes. So just be aware, if you buy an antique ring for this look you may lose it when you restore the setting (which will probably need to be done because prongs wear away over the centuries).

Anyway if you want this look in a new ring, search for antique cuts (table cut, rose cut, old mine cut or old European cut) set in either oxidised metal or black gold…check out this website, they do black gold and their pieces are gorgeous, they also do custom work: http://www.thetruegem.com/the-rose-cut-collection/

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Any precious metal can be blackened with the right Chems and or heat. It will always be a surface treatment that may be more or less durable when cleaned or exposed to ‘life.’ So, if you look for oxidized metal rings you’ll find similar settings. Old low karat gold can have a lot of silver and hold oxidation better than higher karat gold… especially if they replaced the zinc with silver in the alloy pushing the silver content to 10% plus.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Foiled backing was also put on ild rosecut stones. I have a ring from the 1750’s and it looks like that. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Agree. The diamonds are rose cut, or some variation thereof, and the metal looks purposely aged. I think they’re very pretty, apart from the inclusions. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Does it have to be a natural diamond? Google “Georgian paste ring.” You can get a really nice old ring that is the look you want for much less. People have always wanted a deal. 

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