Mariage from old and new

Romantic Navette Ring with Pearl & Rubies, circa 1900/2019

As an antique jewellery dealer, we sometimes receive old pieces of jewellery that no longer seem wearable as they are. We then have these reworked by our goldsmith, but always with a view to the history of the jewellery. In the case of the following ring, which is a so-called Mariage from two older pieces of jewellery of the years around 1900, we orientated ourselves in the form on Navette rings of that time - and in the content on the language of jewels, which was still widespread in those years. All three gemstones used in this ring have romantic symbolism. Thus the ruby, as the ladies' journal Bazar wrote as early as 1886, is "emblematic of the most passionate and ardent love," while the diamond, because of its hardness, is considered a symbol of eternity. The pearl, on the other hand, shares an origin with Venus, the goddess of love, and is thus considered her jewel; for like the pearl, according to legend, the goddess also emerged from a shell. The rubies and diamonds used here are shaped in ancient cuts, while the pearl is a natural pearl probably from the Persian Gulf, with a slightly baroque finish and a rose-colored luster. Rich yellow gold and platinum-embellished ring shoulders complete the design.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.