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Upcycled antique pearls diamonds ring. Natural freshwater pearls. Old European cut diamonds. Rose cut diamonds. Platinum. Edwardian.
Antique diamonds, all natural freshwater pearls , platinum and 18kt yellow gold ring from the Edwardian period circa 1900 with later modification. The three pearls are all natural from freshwater river mollusks. They formed completely naturally in freshwater mollusks with no human intervention....found by people, not created by people. These date from approximately 1900. The pearls are white with beautiful light pink overtone and iridescence. They measure approximately 6.6 mm, 6.5 mm and 5.8 mm. The pearls are surrounded by 50 very small rose cut diamonds and old European cut diamonds with an estimated total weight of approximately 0.50 cts. They are of good to very good quality and condition. the metals are platinum on top of 18kt yellow gold, the classic method for fine jewelry of the Edwardian period. The pearls are secured to the ring with 14kt bars and pegs. The top of the ring measures approximately 1.25 " by 5/8 ". The finger size is 7. It can be sized for free (please contact me for sizing details). The entire top of the ring is antique from the Edwardian period circa 1900. The natural pearls are also from circa 1900 but were added to this ring later. The Shank is new and is completely handmade using my reclaimed gold. Please see below for additional commentary about natural freshwater pearls*. Sku 3994i
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* Natural pearls form randomly in nature, without the aid of human intervention, and are rare.
Natural Freshwater pearls are found in freshwater mollusks living in freshwater sources like rivers, lakes or ponds. Many North American pearl mussels produce high-quality pearls. Use of these pearls for jewelry and decorative objects dates back at least 2,000 years, to the ancient Hopewell culture in Ohio.
From American Museum of Natural History:
[Freshwater] Pearl mussels live in lakes, rivers and streams. These freshwater mollusks produce pearls that can rival those of marine mollusks in luster and diverse color. Eastern North America has lost more than 35 species of pearl mussels to extinction in the last 50 years, chiefly from habitat destruction and pollution.