Here is an incredible Victorian buckle band. This ring is over 150 years old and as elegant as when it was made. The buckle is adorned with 2 old, primitive table cut diamonds gypsy set that are original to this ring.
During the 19th Century the buckle represented the compatibility and strength of the buckle with its belt, representing the bond between the gifter and the giftee.
Gemstones: Natural Diamonds
Weight: 2=0.08 cts
Cut: table cut
Measurements: 2 at 2.2 mm
Dimensions: 10.8 - 4 mm wide
Size: 8 (sizes as 7.75 on mandrel but band is not completely round)
Metal: 18k yellow gold
Markings: 18k 18 Birmingham Hallmarked
Weight: 5.5 grams
Condition Rating: 7 (previous sizing affected hallmark, shank is thin, if reshanked it will remove hallmarks:(
Victorian Ca. 1863 Diamond Buckle Ring 18k English Hallmarked Size 8
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.