by AMRose » Aug 5, 2019 MAJOR turn of events. The seller would not extend the return period so I could drive the ring somewhere this weekend. But, after a wild goose chase to find someone knowledgeable I could get the ring to today, I got it to an antique jewelry dealer and asked for an opinion on the age of the ring. He was a bit perplexed on first look. However, he is 99% sure it dates in the 1910-1930 period and is indeed an original setting. The milgrain and engraving have been redone obviously. He was able to make out very worn markings, which he showed me, of end of the platinum mark "num" (it's like half of the "n" and "u" but "m" is more visibile) and numbers "19_9" which he thought could be 1919 or 1929. There was evidence of past repairs, which can make the setting look like a poor casting job. He called around to contacts, and believes I overpaid around $1,000 given the condition. On his suggestion I then ran it to a local place with laser welding capabilities to get an estimate. They estimated $150 to repair, but do not typically work on this old of pieces. While there, I was also able to get a few pics of the markings - holding an iPhone up to the scope so was hard to capture. So now I'm feeling okay keeping the ring (although there is just that tiny nagging that I wish I could get a full independent appraisal). I still wish the seller would have warned me of the repair work needed. Need to decide if I should send off to have repaired by a place better versed in old pieces or let the local place do it.