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Sapphire and Diamonds & CHESTER DATE LETTER MARKS
by: Anonymous

Hi thank you for writing in with the following hallmark question:

"Hi, I've just come into possession of a diamond & sapphire ring bearing a Chester hallmark. Although I do know enough to know it's Chester I cannot find anything relating to date letters. If you "

This ring sounds beautiful! As you probably already know, diamonds and sapphires are often combined in the most beautiful and famous engagement rings.

The reasons are many, but one of the most important, for this beautiful combination of diamonds and sapphires is practical and has to do with the Mohs scale of hardness. Diamonds and sapphires are at the top of the scale in hardness. Heirloom quality gemstones for heirloom quality jewelry.

One of the most famous engagement rings, chosen by Princess Diana herself was a diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

You can see Princess Diana's engagement ring here.

Concerning the Chester date mark. With a magnifying glass or jewelers loupe (to find out what the jewelers loupe can tell you click here) examine the date letter and compare the letter that you see inside the ring against the date letters in the CHESTER DATE LETTER CHART.

You will see the link to the chester date letter marks from 1701- 1925 at the top right hand side of the page here.

You have to be meticulous when comparing the letters marks; the shape and style of the letter and even the punch mark behind the letter must match.

best wishes,

Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre
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