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I've been holding out... my vintage 2.30ctw OEC Ring!

Discussion in 'Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)' started by Mara, Apr 14, 2012.

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  1. Mara
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    by Mara » Apr 14, 2012
    I've had this ring for a while but never made a post for it, had some time and figured I'd finally do it!

    This lovely beauty is a vintage white gold ring estimated to be from the 1920-30's. The center stone is 1.5c and 7.5mm and is estimated at I color by my local jeweler. On each side of the stone is one 3.5mm OEC, estimated at about 15points. The rest of the surrounding diamonds are about .50ctw and are a mix of single and full cut melee, 1-2 pointers.

    When I bought it the side diamonds were badly cut MRB's so I sourced 4 3.5mm OEC's and had my local guy match the two best for the stone, and replace them so that the entire ring was more period. He thinks it may have been a WG replica of an original platinum ring but the middle stone itself is a later OEC almost borderine tranny with a small culet so not entirely sure. My local guy says it's for sure an OEC though and after spending some time with it, I would agree.

    The story around this is supposedly it was made in the 20-30's for a woman who wore it throughout her life. When she died, it went to her daughter, who kept it in a safe deposit box and only wore it to visit her mom's grave and for special occasions. When she was 80, she donated her entire estate to her church and the seller I bought it from picked it up in this parcel in 2006. Because of the nature of the ring, the bling bling factor can make it really hard to get pics of it. So he felt like he never did the ring justice and never tried to sell it so kept it in his safe until 2011. He got a new camera, remembered he had the ring, decided to try to take some pics and whala. When I bought it, I planned to just remove the center stone and sell the setting because the pics weren't THAT good, but in person this thing is fantastic and I never want to take it apart. Famous last words...but I am pretty sure I will not disassemble this ring. There's just something about it, it's so beautiful, it fits PERFECTLY on my hand and looks like it belongs there. I feel like fate brought this ring to me... sappy and sentimental yet true. My husband says...'if I'd known that I could have just told you a sappy story and spent 1/2 of what we did on your e-ring, I would have done this years ago when we got engaged'...thanks honey! Hehe. I do have to say that my poor modern round has just been languishing since I got this beauty, I am completely smitten.

    The center stone is ridiculously beautiful, with a slightly lower crown but that chunky beautiful pillowy cushioning faceting that just draws your eye. The pictures could never do it justice. It has an SI2 grade gray feather that runs inside the stone and hits the top of the stone at a facet junction. I can only see it in certain lights, but it's definitely a beauty mark.

    Anyway enough talk, let's see the pictures!!! I've got a lot to post...

    OECphotosfeb12-1-3a.jpg

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    OEC Loupe closeup 3.JPG
     
  2. Mara
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    by Mara » Apr 14, 2012
    More pics...!

    OEC in the car awesome.JPG

    fireOECMara2.JPG

    OEC crown closeup.JPG

    ring on portiaa.JPG
     
  3. Mara
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    by Mara » Apr 14, 2012
    Just a few more... :naughty:

    The last two are with the new 3.5mm's OEC's vs the old MRB's..it makes such a big difference to me, I'm anal about crown matching and stuff like that. :mrgreen:

    OECsandRBJan2012 second set-1a.jpg

    Old Stone Rings Photo Shoot-1-2a.jpg

    Old Stone Rings Photo Shoot-1-10.jpg
     
  4. armywife13
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    by armywife13 » Apr 14, 2012
    Your new ring is stunning! :lickout: (So are your other rings!) :love: :love: :love:
     
  5. canuk-gal
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    by canuk-gal » Apr 14, 2012
    HI:

    As usual, gorgeous ring Mara! Wish it were my hand in that picture!

    cheers--Sharon
     
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    by starrynight » Apr 14, 2012
    so beautiful!! I drooled just a bit over those facets :love:
     
  7. junebug17
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    by junebug17 » Apr 14, 2012
    Absolutely gorgeous!!! :love: :love: :love: Wow, what an amazing setting and beautiful stone, I can see why you are captivated by it - all of your pieces are really beautiful Mara!
     
  8. Enerchi
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    by Enerchi » Apr 14, 2012
    WHOA! that's amazing! So beautiful - how could you have held out without sharing??? :nono: ;)

    It is gorgeous Mara - and I just love the story behind it - how sweet to know the history of something. It does make it more personal and special. love the photo shoot with all your 'friends' - diamonds, dogs, whatever! :mrgreen:

    Oh, it's a beauty- enjoy!
     
  9. athenaworth
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    by athenaworth » Apr 14, 2012
    OMG amazeballs! Seriously - I want to steal it!
     
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    by cavluv » Apr 14, 2012
    All so beautiful...I don't know how you decide which one to wear! And I LOVE the pic with Miss P!! Seriously, the ring is stunning!
     
  11. yennyfire
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    by yennyfire » Apr 14, 2012
    Oh, I love the ring and I especially love the photo with your adorable pup. Is she a Westie??
     
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    by Cachette » Apr 14, 2012
    Gorgeous!!!!

    You have beautiful rings Mara. :love:

    Cachette :))
     
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    by diamondseeker2006 » Apr 14, 2012
    Gorgeous!!!! :love: :love: :love: You have what MrsS and I talk about wanting all the time...a second wedding set! I still love a traditional solitaire but I surely do love an antique ring as well! Your center stone is really excellent and you did a great job matching the side stones! Congrats on the great find! :appl:
     
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    by madelise » Apr 14, 2012
    Beautiful bling and beautiful doggy!! I'm jealous he can hold still for a photo like that! My dog can never Stay still lol.
     
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    by stargurl78 » Apr 14, 2012
    Your stone is BEAUTIFUL and I can see why you wouldn't want to change the setting :love: :love: :love: And I'm with DS, PS has got me wanting one of these gorgeous vintage rings for a second wedding set!
     
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    by Christina... » Apr 14, 2012
    gorgeous stone and rings!! I love your photo of Miss P as well. I had a westie so many years ago and I miss her still!
     
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    by artdecogirl » Apr 14, 2012
    Oh my! :love: :love: :love: All of your rings are just stunning!
     
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    by stci » Apr 14, 2012
    This!!!
     
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    by DanDiAnDi » Apr 14, 2012
    Just amazing Mara!!!! The faceting is absolutely to die for!! :love: :love: :love:
     
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    by hawaiianorangetree » Apr 14, 2012
    Your new ring is incredibly stunning! I love the story behind it as well. :love: :love: :love:
     
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    by farmer gal » Apr 14, 2012
    Gorgeous ring, love your dog I think mine would try to eat it :love:
     
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    by Ganesha » Apr 14, 2012
    Oh, Mara! What a gorgeous, gorgeous piece and your photos are stunning! I really love it paired with the marquise band. Congrats on an amazing find!!
     
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    by TravelingGal » Apr 14, 2012
    Having seen this ring, I can definitely confirm it's a stunner. Honestly the photos don't do it justice. It's so delicate and romantic in real life, yet has a lot of presence. I did briefly think of making a run for it, but I think she has my address....
     
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    by anne_h » Apr 15, 2012
    Pretty!!!

    They sure know how to make gorgeous settings back then. Love it!

    Anne
     
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    Thanks everyone..!!

    Portia is 8 years old now (I remember when I posted on here we had brought her home...), and she's pretty mellow. She humors me. :naughty:

    And I agree re: the story making it somehow a little more special. My husband says... well I have to imagine that the family who owned the ring before is happy that it found it's way into someone's hands who really appreciates it and knows it for what it is. I like to think he's right!
     
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    by TravelingGal » Apr 15, 2012
    OMG, I remember when you got her!!! :eek: Time is passing so fast!
     
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    by lknvrb4 » Apr 15, 2012
    Wow, gorgeous find! :love:
     
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    OMG Mara, your ring is so unbelievably amazing!!!! Love the faceting and love the story behind it.
    I am literally drooling over my keyboard right now (OK, not literally but almost because that is one of the most gorgeous ring I have ever seen!!!). :love: :love: :love:
     
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    by Farleysmom » Apr 15, 2012
    Mara, what a stunning ring. I love the mounting. It's perfect. :love: :love:
     
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    by pandabee » Apr 15, 2012
    Wowzers...what stunning rings!!! Love the nose shot on Miss P as well. Does she like shiny things as much as you? ::)
     

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