Victorian Era Five Stone Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring

Five old mine cut diamonds are collet set in silver on 18k gold with a floral motif on each shoulder. The bright, lively stones weigh approximately 2.2 carats in total weight. English in origin. Circa 1850. 

Size 6.5, can be resized. 

Old mine cut diamonds were cut for gas and candle light and omit a darker romantic sparkle. While the precision faceting of modern stone’s main objective is to refract as much white light as possible.  A 19th century diamond was cut to preserve as much weight as possible and often follow the same shape as the rough diamond crystal as it was pulled from the ground.