Green Carée

Vintage emerald ring with entourage of diamonds, Amsterdam ca. 1970


€ 3,690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €3,690.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
Vintage emerald ring with entourage of diamonds, Amsterdam ca. 1970
Vintage emerald ring with entourage of diamonds, Amsterdam ca. 1970
Description
This description was automatically translated from German. If you have any questions about this piece of jewellery, we will be happy to help!
"We already look with pleasure at the green of herbs and leaves. But we still prefer to look at emeralds, for their green is the most beautiful of all. Moreover, they are the only gems which fill the eyes without saturating them; indeed, when the eyes are weakened by exertions of other kinds, they are strengthened again by gazing upon emeralds [...] for their gentle green dispels the dullness of them." (Nat. Hist. 37.16) The beauty and effect of gemstones already preoccupied the people of antiquity. The quotation reproduced here is from Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar from Como. In the year 77 A.D. he summarized the knowledge of nature of that time in a work, the Naturalis Historia or Natural History - and his description of the emerald is still as true today as it was 2000 years ago. This ring is a sparkling testimony to this, for at its center shines a natural emerald in a soft, warm green. The gemstone, weighing around 1.60 ct, is set in white gold and surrounded by 16 brilliant-cut diamonds. The ring was created in the Netherlands in the years around 1970, it shows an Amsterdam master's mark on the outside of the bar. Its shape references Art Deco jewellery, but the shape of the large caré on a slightly domed surface is a statement piece of the 1970s, when the design language in jewels was experimental and expressive. The quality of the emerald and diamonds has been independently appraised. The corresponding certificate is supplied with the ring.
Learn more
The name of the emerald probably comes from the Latin "Smaragdus", which in turn took this name from the Greek "Smaragdos". The emerald was first mined around 1300 BC in Egypt, which dominated the emerald trade in the Mediterranean region for a long time. Only with the conquest of South America by the Spaniards was their trading position broken, as there were also rich emerald deposits there. The emerald is one of the most valuable gemstones and has always had a very high value in many cultures. The ancient Egyptians recognized the healing powers of the emerald early on, especially its effect on the eyes. Pliny the Elder wrote about it in 77 AD: "If the eyes are weakened, they are strengthened again by looking at the emerald. The gentle green of the stone drives away dullness". Nero, for example, is said to have worn an emerald as a monocle to strengthen his eyes, and it is also said of Cleopatra that she supported her beauty and youth by wearing emeralds. The emerald was already mentioned in the Bible and was considered in the Revelation of John as the fourth of the twelve foundation stones of the Jerusalem city wall.
Learn more
Read more
Size & Details
Vintage emerald ring with entourage of diamonds, Amsterdam ca. 1970
Green Carée
€ 3,690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €3,690.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
Our Promise
Our Promise
Our Promise

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos — this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.

Learn more