Broadmoore is a gorgeous Victorian era (circa 1870) silver topped 14k yellow gold ring. The diamond studded top most likely started out as an earring, and the yellow gold shank was added in the last ten years. The ring centers a ten-prong set 0.84ct EGL certified Transitional Round Brilliant Cut diamond graded G color and VS1 clarity. It appears as though the diamond is not original to the piece, it would have likely been an Old Mine Cut diamond at time of production. Broadmoore is further decorated by a halo of ten Old Mine and Old European Cut diamonds that total approximately 0.50ct in weight. Each accent diamond is nestled within a silver bezel, and the design of each bezel creates lovely soft and scalloped edges along the ring. The scalloped halo exhibits a beautiful patina — a quality that can only come with age. It is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit.
The Victorian Period was named for Queen Victoria, who inherited the throne of England in 1837 when she was only 18 years old. Victoria was young, beautiful, and loved immensely by her subjects. Her tastes in fashion and jewelry were highly regarded and inspired the Victorian jewelry trends of the time. Queen Victoria was married in 1840, and she wore a snake motif ring (a symbol of eternal love at the time) set with her birthstone, a brilliant green emerald, as her engagement ring. In the Victorian era, it was very common for birthstones to be used instead of diamonds for engagement rings. After Victoria’s beloved Albert passed away in 1861, the queen went into the customary mourning period for 18 months, which inspired the gold lockets and black jet pieces commonly seen in this period.
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