Edwardian old cut diamond cluster ring, circa 1910. Centrally
set with a circular-cut diamond in a typical claw setting with a surround of old-cut
diamonds with further diamonds adorning the shoulders. The smaller diamonds are
set in a half rubover setting and the gallery, if you turn the ring over, is intricately
carved in platinum.
The first mention of platinum in European historic writings
was by Italian scholar Julius Caesar
Scaliger in 1557 but only recognised
as an independent metal in 1735. Platinum
is incredibly durable, which makes it an ideal material for jewellery making, but
it was only at the end of the 19th century that tools were developed
to melt and utilize it.
The ring sits low on the finger and is a perfect antique engagement