Here is an incredibly beautiful and elegant Art Nouveau bird conversion ring. This bird is exquisite on both sides. The backside, the part that rests on your finger, is hand chased. The front has an iridescent enamel decorated with a ruby eye and with a diamond resting in the birds mouth as if it was eating it. Yummy diamonds!
Cut: Old European Cut
Weight: 1 = 0.03 cts estimated weight
Measurements: 1.9 mm
Clarity: SI2/I1 (flea bites in girdle of diamond, which is why it is graded as SI2/I1, otherwise there are not inclusions visible under magnification)
Cut: Round Cabochon
Weight: 1 = 0.02 cts estimated weight
Measurements: 1.3 mm
Dimensions: 12.2 x 8 mm / 1.1 mm wide band / 3.8 mm high off finger
Metal: 14k Yellow Gold
Finger Size: 5.75
Weight: 1.3 grams
Condition Rating: 8 (pin was used for shank)
Art Nouveau Diamond and Ruby Enamel Bird Ring
Bracelets and rings get the most wear out of all the styles of jewelry. Make sure that your jewelry is professionally cleaned and your stones checked annually.
For gold rings, the higher the karat weight, the softer the metal will be, and the easier it will scratch. Frequent polishing is unecessary. Polishing your rings removes layers of metals and will thin it out through time.
The same goes with platinum, as it is a malleable and softer metal, yet denser, which makes it last longer. Platinum is also a white metal naturally and stays white, whereas white gold is yellow that has white alloys giving it a whiter appearance, but will never be as white as platinum.
For high value items, typically of $1,000, it is a good idea to have your pieces insured on your homeowners policy or with a separate insurer like Jewelers Mutual.