Restoration

OF AN ANTIQUE GEORGIAN RING

BEFORE

Item

The client's item is a Georgian hand rose cut natural yellow Diamond in a handmade foil backed ring mount comprising of silver settings with gold shoulders and shank. Although this piece is extremely authentic, it has been identified as a reproduction.

Condition

The ring has been worn 24/7 daily for some years. The stone is ‘blind backed’ ( closed backed mount with no access to the rear of stone), and the setting has degraded, causing the stone to appear dark green rather than yellow. Also, the silver settings were becoming worn allowing the stone to move in the mount and the gold shoulders and shank were distorted.

Repair

To sympathetically restore the ring back to an entirely wearable piece and in the process return the appearance of the stone to natural straw yellow. It was important not to make the ring ‘as new’ in line with modern aesthetic standards as the appearance should remain as it would have been when it was originally manufactured in the mid-1700’s.

Outcome

After careful deliberation and planning, the project turned out to be less complex than originally anticipated, resulting in a charge of just £200. The restoration was completed within three weeks.

AFTER

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