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Antique Australian 18ct Yellow Gold Five Stone Diamond Ring Circa 1890

Sale price$1,550.00 AUD

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An Australian 18ct gold five stone diamond ring bearing hallmarks for Robert Robertson Collins Street Melbourne.

Graduated diamonds, claw set, with an an ornate scrolling under-gallery to upswept scrolled shoulders to a half round shank.

The diamonds are old mine cut, however one has been replaced during its history with a brilliant cut diamond with claws which are identical to the original, this does not detract from the beauty and history of this ring.

Beautifully crafted from 18ct gold and bearing not only Robert Roberstons hallmark of ‘RR’ / 18 / and a ‘Thistle’ but also the name of the jewellery store that would have been in partnership with Robertson and retailed this particular ring, their name was ‘Farhood’.

This ring is an early example of Australian history and is still as wearable today as it was 130 years ago.

History of Robert Roberston
Robert Robertson was born in Cupar, Fife in 1820 and migrated to Australia in 1852, starting a jewellery business in Collins Street in 1854, and later moved to Little Collins Street. A silver trowel with the same hallmark as this ring, thought to be by Robertson, was in the 1988 Kozminsky Bicentennial Exhibition, Australian Silver Gold & Jewellery. Given Robertson's Scottish background, and copying Glasgow's hallmarks of the Thistle and Lion Rampant, adds weight to the attribution of this mark to Robert Robertson.

1 @ 3.5mm or 0.17cts
2 @ 3.0mm or 0.10cts each
2 @ 2.5mm or 0.06cts each
Measured in settings
1.7cm x 4.4mm
3.12 Grams
Hallmarked for Robert Robertson
‘RR’ / 18 / ‘Thistle’
And ‘Farhood’ Retailer
M 1/2 or 16.9mm diameter US 6 1/2
Very good antique condition.  Diamonds vary from approx SI2 clarity to P1 clarity.  Very very tiny flea bites to two diamonds seen under x 10 magnification. Claws are excellent.  No thinning to gold/shank, hallmarks very crisp and clear.

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