August Press Ring

Lord of The Rings

While on his European travels a titled gentleman, with a large country estate located in the north of England, acquired a beautiful French cushion-cut diamond necklace weighing over Sets for his wife. A respected Parisian jeweller was then instructed to re-cut the diamond from a cushion cut to a marquise cut diamond resulting in a magnificent 5.0lct diamond.

The jeweller then re-set the diamond in a platinum mount, making a splendid necklace. He thought this was rather amusing as, he being a marquess he was presenting his wife with a marquise … a very luxurious gift for the period.

Following the great Wall Street Crash of October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday, the family fortunes along with many others was virtually wiped out. As a survival mechanism vast parts of the country estate and large parts of the jewellery collection were sold off to keep afloat, pay labourers, service staff and creditors.

A new-money coal entrepreneur from the Midlands acquired the necklace in the resulting estate sale. This was then re-set as a ring, adding a diamond halo setting to the marquise cut diamond thus adding a further 1.31cts to the total diamond weight.

This was then once again set in platinum and given to his wife as an anniversary present. The magnificent ring was passed to the eldest daughter and down through the generations of the new family until the owner sadly passed away.

With no female heir and the only child a son, the ring was sold into the trade through the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.

Having recently acquired the ring it now forms part of our fine diamond window display on London Street,joining many other unique items of quality classic jewellery. The opulent period following the First World War, incorporating the Art Nouveau and Art Deco epoch, always produced the most sumptuous jewellery made by the most talented goldsmiths of their era.

We are always striving to acquire new additions for our collection and would like to buy any items of jewellery that may be unwanted, no longer needed or haven’t seen the light of day for a while.

We work alongside the leading trade experts to obtain the current market value for any item of jewellery and offer the region’s best prices against the global diamond Rappaport guide as well being the region’s leading premier gold buyer. If you are looking to sell any item of jewellery please contact James in store.

August Press Ring


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