I am a bit of a lurker on these forums, and would very much like to seek some opinions on this...
I hope to shortly make my girlfriend my fiance, and we both love the beautiful qualities of antique rings. I have done a fairly large amount of research, both on-line and in-person, and have viewed enough rings now over the course of two weeks to feel confident that I have found something special. I am attaching photos sent to me by the dealer (they are better lit than the ones that I took). I have viewed this more than once now at the dealer, and I am very close to purchasing.
According to the dealer the details are as follows:
Old European cut, 1.9 carats, color I, VS1
Single cut, .25 carats, F, VS
It has caught my eye not only for the finery of the setting, but for the apparent clarity of the stone, which I have not seen elsewhere in this price and stone specification range. This got me thinking a little on whether it really is an antique ring. From my experience, the stone does look like an Old European cut, with the frosted edge and visible culet. The imperfections are slight - a few tiny carbon spots visible in certain light. Unfortunately, the stone is not GIA certified because of the difficulty of removing it. The stone does have an 'independent certification' for what this is worth. I just wonder about whether the setting could be a replica, even though the dealer assures me it is antique circa 1910. I have looked for telltale signs, metal residue and so on, but cannot see any.
I would be tremendously interested in hearing any opinions on this piece and its apparent authenticity. I'm quite taken with it!