Here is a handmade Edwardian mounting set with an Old Mine Cut diamond that is older then its setting. This diamond is hand cut and most likely cut in the 19th century. The mounting was made in the early 20th century. The beauty of this ring is the detail of the basket and how simple it is.
Weight: 1 = 0.91 cts exact weight
Cut: Old Mine CutColor: L/M
Measurements: 6.14 x 5.99 x 3.33 mm
Width: 7.2 mm -1.5 mm wide / 5.3 mm high off finger
Metal: 14k white gold
Markings: 585 (used 14k gold mark from the Netherlands)
Finger Size: 7.25 (inquire about sizing)
Weight: 2.4 grams
Condition: 7 (diamond has recently been mounted into this ring, light polish, sizing seam shows)
Edwardian Diamond Ring / Old Mine Cut Diamond Engagement Ring 0.91 cts Set in 14
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.