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Vintage ring with dark blue sapphire & triangle diamonds in gold, circa 1975

A large dark blue sapphire weighing 5.55 carats is accompanied by two triangle-cut diamonds and forms the focal point of this ring in high-carat yellow gold. The natural sapphire is discreetly held by four lobes and the two unusual cut diamonds lead to the ring shoulder. This elegant piece of jewellery was forged in Germany in the years around 1975 and is a so-called. "Trilogy Ring". The three gemstones initially stand for a temporal component and refer to the shared life of two lovers in the past, present and future. Quite deliberately, the emphasis is on the present in the center of the ring. In addition, the gemstones themselves are symbolically charged, because while the diamond stands for eternity, the blue sapphire is a symbol of fidelity. A wonderful and high-quality jewel that found its way to us in Westphalia. The ring is delivered with a detailed appraisal by the German Society for Gemstone Appraisal, Idar-Oberstein.

In popular belief, the sapphire is considered the stone of truth, fidelity, prudence and reason. Accordingly, the Doge of Venice wore such a mild, blue stone set in gold as a sign of his fidelity and marriage to the sea. And Queen Elizabeth I of England also believed that her sapphire could protect her against slander and cunning. Among all gemstones, the deep blue sapphire in particular has been attributed various mythical qualities over the centuries. In the Middle Ages, bishops wore this stone as a ring because they believed it warded off guile and falsehood, and protected its wearer from feeling envy. In his Natural History of Gemstones, Della storia naturale della gemme, Naples 1730, Giacinto Gimma then wrote that the colour blue represented Venus and the study of the heavenly bodies and stars, and was most purely represented in sapphire. Possibly from these associations developed in the 19th century the meaning that the sapphire held in the so-called gemlore, the language of precious stones. In this language it was associated with truth and loving loyalty. For example, the painter Sir Edward Burne Jones, who also designed jewellery, wrote to his close friend Frances Graham: "Sapphire is truth, and I am never without it [...] Sapphires I make my totem of!"

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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.