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Antique Illusion Wedding Sets

Discussion in 'Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)' started by missantique, Nov 1, 2006.

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  1. missantique
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    by missantique » Nov 1, 2006
    Hi, I''m new here but have lurked forever. My FH has gotten his grandmothers antique wedding set to give to me for my engagement ring, but I can''t see it until Christmas. His mother has told me that it is a illusion type setting that is very beautiful, but I have no idea what this looks like. She said that the engagement ring was something like a carat maybe a little over, and the matching wedding band is half a carat. Would anyone have any pictures that might be what my rings will look like? Or just something that might would give me an idea.


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  2. KristyDarling
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    by KristyDarling » Nov 1, 2006
    I''m just guessing, but "Illusion" antique set means to me that perhaps there is some metal-work around the main stone to make it appear larger than what it really is....a common technique a couple generations ago.

    Maybe something like this? Fay Cullen describes it as an "illusion-setting."

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  3. missantique
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    by missantique » Nov 1, 2006
    Wow, that''s really gorgeous. Thanks KristyDarling.
     
  4. Stone Hunter
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    by Stone Hunter » Nov 2, 2006
    I''ve seen some that had a round stone but the metalwork is square. So it increases the size and changes the shape.
     
  5. Genafrgh
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    by Genafrgh » Dec 3, 2006
    Hi Missantique, illusion settings are my all time favorite! Here are a few pics of what you might expect:

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    Hope that helps!
     
  6. Skippy123
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    by AdaBeta27 » Dec 4, 2006
    Typical illusion would be a boxy head like the one on the left, with either a baguette or a 5-stone with rounds on either side. Wedding band might be a 5-stone. Settings ranged from no side stones to rather elaborate side arrangements, depending on era. '30s and early '40s are more decorative & artistic. Late '40s and certainly '50s got plainer and moved to plain shank or baguettes. Also look at antique links in this thread: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/links-for-settings-antique-rings-online-t16601.html

    The diamond on the left is 5.8 or 5.9mm, about 3/4 ct. size RB, and the illusion head reflector around it is 7mm diameter, to give illusion of 1.25 ct. I don't know the full width across the fake prongs, maybe 8.5mm. The ring on the right is about a 6.4mm OEC, diameter of 1 ct.

    A 1ct diamond in this same style of illusion head (Stuller) but 1 ct size is 8mm across the round reflector, for illusion of 2 ct. Again, I don't know the distance across the prongs.
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  8. AdaBeta27
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    by AdaBeta27 » Dec 4, 2006
    This is Stuller 1ct illusion head solitaire with same shank as above, only in white gold. And an enhancer added to give it vintage "frills." If the enhancer has a rounded piece of metal to go around tha base of the solitaire, that can be cut out and replaced with a squarish piece that will fit around this boxy squarish head. An enhancer would be a good option if your ring turns out to have a shank that is too plain for you. (This enhancer purchased as an estate item on ebay. Cat hair courtesy of 2 housecats, LOL.)

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  9. AdaBeta27
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    by AdaBeta27 » Dec 4, 2006
    Could look like this '50s set from another PS thread (search for illusion and you will find it). Variations of 5-stone e-ring paired with matching 5-stone wedding band were really popular. I am hard on jewelry I wear to work. For daily wear, I prefer an illusion setting. It protects the stone, makes it look bigger, and is very comfortable to wear.

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  10. Christa
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    by Christa » Dec 6, 2006
    Doesn''t look like MissAntique is still around, but here''s my set anyway. It''s a 1930''s/40''s wg set. The center stone is only .35, so hers will obviously look different with a larger stone. IRL the "illusion" part is much less obvious--the edges of the diamond kind of blend in with the wg and make it look to a casual look, anyway, like a much larger stone. And I love that the setting protects the prongs and the stone--my original set had the prongs all smooshed and bent.

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