Erie Basin's Russell Whitmore on Where He Finds His Victorian Bling
- 1930s diamond sunburst ring, platinum. I got this right ring from an estate. The seller's great-aunt bought it in the 1930s, and it had been in a box pretty much ever since then. It was in perfect condition.
- 1900s Edwardian European cut diamond cluster ring, platinum, 18K. The English made beautiful cluster rings at the turn of the century, often with platinum tops and yellow gold shanks. The silvery luster of old diamonds is especially well suited for cluste
- A big stack of recent wedding band arrivals, dating from the 1890s to 1940s.
- 1920s 0.98ct European cut diamond, platinum filigree, diamond sides. This was my favorite from last year. It's a nice clean low-slung form, but full of unusual detailing.
- 1930s Deco 1.21ct European cut diamond filigree ring, 18K white. A lot of Deco rings were set in a way that makes the diamonds look enormous. This was a good-sized stone anyway, but from a small distance it easily looked like twice its size.
- 1920s Art Deco emerald cut diamond filigree ring, platinum. It's unusual to see filigree rings with anything but a round cut diamond. The geometry of emerald cut here is a really nice contrast to the lacy filigree. $1750.
- 1930/40s 0.06ct European cut diamond ring with single cut sides, 14K, The production of platinum jewelry was banned during WWII because the metal had useful industrial purpose during the war. So yellow gold came back into style, and some beautiful late De
- 1910-20s 0.35ct European cut diamond, platinum filigree. Many of our customers appreciate how low some of the 1920s rings are. This one is a good example. Instead of having filigree and decoration beneath the diamond, it's spread more horizontally, leavi
- 1920s 0.60ct European cut diamond, 18K white gold filigree. Beautiful detail and texture here without becoming an overly complicated form. $2250.
- 1904 five-diamond platinum ring. This is one of the earliest platinum and diamond bands I've seen. It's beautifully designed, and definitely distinct from the diamond bands that became popular in the 1920s and 30s. $495.
- 1910s 0.93ct European cut diamond ring, platinum filigree. I usually favor the cleaner forms of Deco jewelry, but sometimes the over-the-top detail of Edwardian filigree is really attractive. The earlier rings often have this broader, more signet-ring-lik
- 1934 0.25ct European cut diamond engagement ring, platinum. This one had a nice old inscription and perfect proportions. The little rectangular baguettes they used in 1930s ring are some of my favorite aspects of Deco rings.