Georgian diamond cluster

Georgian diamond cluster

A dazzlingly sumptuous mid-18th century Georgian diamond cluster ring. In 1762 the Parisien jeweller J.H. Pouget observed in his Traité des Pierres Précieuses, ‘we are now in the age of the diamond’. Influenced by Neo-classicism ring shapes became more symmetrical and rings were often large enough to cover the finger from joint to knuckle. The tapering high carat gold shank on this ring supports a head set with rows of rose-cut diamonds in silver, foil backed settings. The gems are close set to create the effect of an unbroken mass of light. The total carat weight of the diamonds is approximately seven carats. The ring is size P [US 7 and 1/2] and can be sized and the diamond-set head measures one inch by one inch. For similar, see colour plate on page 319 of Scarisbrick’s Rings, Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty. Imagine how this ring would have flickered in candlelight at a grand occasion in the eighteenth century. A gorgeous thing.

£12,000