Victorian 18ct Gold Old Cut Diamond Antique English Ring Hallmarked Exeter 1875 Vintage Estate Jewellery


Gorgeous Victorian 18 carat gold Etruscan revival diamond ring

This ring was hallmarked at the venerable Exeter assay office in 1875 (mid Victorian)

Hand crafted in 18 ct gold it is so beautifully designed with ornate gallery & shoulders

Set with five wonderful old European cut diamonds

The central diamond is about 2.5 mm with two 1.8 mm diamonds to each side

Their total weight is about 0.20 carat.The diamonds are clear, bright & extremely fiery.Colour H, clarity SI

Hallmarked 18 ct gold Exeter 1875. It also bears the makers marks J.W & Co.

It is size K 1/2 /N (UK), 5 3/4 (USA) it would easily re size

This is a quality vintage ring that weighs 3 grams

This antique diamond  ring is in excellent condition – see condition notes

It comes in the presentation box illustrated

This delightful 18ct gold ring looks fabulous when worn

our ref: 16173

Out of stock


Jewellery Facts 

Carat has two distinct meanings

Carat can refer to the quality or purity of gold –

pure gold ie  a metal that is 100% gold and nothing else but gold, is known as pure gold or 24 carat gold

So for example with this ring – which is 18 carat ie 18/24s gold or put another way, 18 divided by 24 is 0.750  or 3/4

You may see jewellery marked 0.750 which is a some what modern way of writing 18ct as we say in the UK and 18k as they say in the rest of the world

Secondly carat can refer to the weight of precious stones such as diamonds and sapphires

One carat is 1/5 of a gram – so 1/2 of a carat is 1/10 of a gram


Platinum first started to be used in antique jewellery in about 1900. It was initially introduced by the great jewellers like Cartier. One of its attractions is that it is a strong metal and so the  vintage jewellery can be made very fine, for example platinum claws can be much thinner that gold ones.

Platinum marks 

 In 1973 platinum was first covered by the hallmarking act,  A standard of 950 parts per thousand was introduced.

The platinum mark is an orb with a cross on the top all set within a pentagon.

First pieces  were marked  in January 1975 at the London assay office

Jewellery Periods   antique and vintage


Victorian        Victoria     1837 – 1901

Edwardian     Edward  V11   1901 – 1910

Belle Epoque    Garland   Art Nouveau   Art Deco

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