WW2 Era Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring in Yellow Gold and Palladium
A Wedding Ring from the WW2 Era, with an Old Mine Cut Diamond, surrounded on all sides by 8 more Single Cut Diamonds, and two more Single Cut Diamonds on the shoulders. The center Old Mine Cut Diamond is estimated at 0.18 carat, (just under 1/5 carat), with VS1 clarity The 8 single cut diamonds, surrounding the center diamond are estimated at 0.03 carat each, or 0.24 (quarter carat) total, with clarity estimated at VVS2 - VS1. The 2 single cut diamonds on the shoulders are estimated at 0.02 carat each, 0.04 carat total, and VS1 clarity. This makes for a total estimated carat weight of 0.46 carat, just under half a carat. Since all 11 diamonds are in such close proximity to each other, this ring sparkles beautifully and looks far larger than it's total carat weight.
The ring is stamped 14K, but tests closer to 15.9K Yellow Gold with a Palladium top. The Palladium top is what makes this ring so interesting. In the beginning of 1943, the use of Platinum in jewelry was banned, since Platinum was needed for munitions plants to support WW2. Use of Rhodium, which is used to plate over White Gold, was also highly restricted. Due to the Platinum ban, the jewelry industry looked to Palladium, part of the Platinum family, to replace Platinum in jewelry. The restriction on platinum was lifted in September of 1944 and use of Platinum was resumed.
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Ring Size: US 6 1/4th, British:M-N, French 53. As a general rule, rings can be resized up or down 2 sizes.
Stamped: 14K N, X-Ray Flourescence Tests: 15.9K Gold with .900 Palladium Top
Date: Early 1940's
Weight: 2.2 grams or 01.4 dwt
Estimated Retail Value: $725 - $1300
Note: We do not remove stones from their settings and therefor stone weights may vary. We test all diamonds using the Gemlogis Ciel Diamond\Moissanite tester.