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Raw Diamond Ring of 17 Carat from before Raw Diamond Rings Were a Thing

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Raw diamonds are a thing now and have been for quite some time. This silver-gray rough opaque diamond ring pre-dates the ubiquity of raw diamonds in jewelry. I found it in Manhattan two decades ago. It is hand fabricated from palladium, which along with platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium form the Platinum Group of Metals. Palladium is harder than platinum so it resists scratches better. It's also lighter, which makes a massive ring like this actually wearable. To be perfectly frank, this *probably* isn't a ring you'd wear to the office if you're a hedge fund manager or a divorce attorney. Weekends, sure. And if you're in a creative industry with more of a "no jacket required" culture, this is definitely a ring for you. It basically kicks the butt of every other diamond ring because, who has a 17 carat diamond ring? And that's not counting all the faceted black diamonds that shimmer like a liquid shadow along the openwork palladium shoulders. The diamond itself is a monster that projects out of the palladium dragon-claws that grip it in place. Now that raw, uncut diamonds are so enormously popular and seem to be the new standard for engagement rings, the size of the raw diamond has (surprise!) shrunk. You don't see really massive raw diamond rings like this anymore. It measures approximately 17.43 mm x 13.16 with a depth of 11 mm. It is fully hallmarked but the maker is, to the best of my knowledge, no longer. So this is for you, rock stars, rappers, painters who just got their first massive exhibit; this is for you if you want a ring that expresses your anything-but-traditional personality. It's bold, it's in-your-face and it's eccentric. It's also made from the finest materials one can make jewelry with. It's currently a size 11.5 and could be resized by your jeweler. It rises almost 14 mm off the top of the finger so be careful. You scrape this ring against the window of your Tesla, that window is now autographed with a scratch. And don't store it anywhere near other jewelry. This is not a smooth, faceted diamond; it is a rough diamond with an irregular shape and many tiny sharp little angles. It will scratch everything in the world. I don't know, but that's somehow kind of cool. This would be an awesome man's diamond engagement ring or wedding ring alternative. Likewise, it's a great engagement ring for a woman who doesn't want some girly diamond ring but wants a diamond ring that nobody else is going to have and one that can also cause some serious bodily harm. Years ago, I drove a really cool vintage Rolls Royce Corniche convertible and I always had the right of way; truckers moved out of my way. Because it intimidated everyone. This is that car in ring form. With this ring, you rule everything.

Details

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  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Date of Manufacture
    2002
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 0.71 in. x W 1.03 in. x D 1.45 in.H 17.84 mm x W 26.06 mm x D 36.61 mm
  • Length
    1.45 in. (36.61 mm)
  • Weight
    20 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158916752831
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