Multifaceted variations

Vintage Sapphire Ring with Diamonds & Diamond Baguettes in Gold, 1980s

Gold and precious gemstones are probably the most important materials in the history of jewellery. They have been used for thousands of years and are constantly being combined in new ways. But how different the designs are, which can be achieved with this one precious metal and a few precious stones alone, this surprises us again and again. This ring from the 1980s combines high-carat yellow gold with a blue sapphire and diamonds in brilliant and baguette cuts. The sapphire in the center is staircase cut, very clear and a wonderful sky blue. It is followed on either side by four baguette-cut diamonds, staggered according to their size. Finally, to the left and right, there is an arch of brilliant-cut diamonds. When worn, the diamonds sparkle and glitter in their multifaceted variations so wonderfully and richly that the goldsmith's work puts itself entirely at the service of the diamonds and one can hardly escape the impression of sparkling reflections. The 30 diamonds inspire by their quality - only top Wesselton stones (G) in very good clarity have been used. The stones are set so close together that only the most delicate gold bars seem to hold them in place. Since a little yellow gold always shines through, the piece of jewellery always has a warm undertone despite all the white sparkle. In keeping with the spirit of the 1980s, when the ring was created, the piece of jewellery is solid and full-bodied and thus refers to the then new aesthetic of "power dressing". Based on the book "Dress for Success" published in 1975, this new fashion characterized a new type of woman: Strong and self-confident, with both feet on the ground, she dressed in a way that carried these qualities to the outside world. The successful woman in business and society preferred to wear large statement pieces that fit close to the body and were therefore suitable for work rather than long necklaces or delicate bracelets. The luxury of this jewellery consisted in bringing together materials of high quality, which were often allowed to show themselves in unusual size or variety, as here. And yet, for all its preciousness, the ring scores with a design that is almost understated and sleekly elegant.

All times have their fashions, and all fashions have their effects on the realm of jewelry as well. Jewellery of the 1980s is an often beautiful, and always impressive, testimony to a time of optimism and abundance: the oil crisis seemed to be over, Wall Street was flourishing - people sipped cocktails and paid by credit card, everything seemed possible. At the same time, a new image of women emerged. Self-confident and tough, asserting herself at work, in the face of men, successful, with broad shoulder pads and high heels, she adorned herself with rings, necklaces and brooches in hitherto unusual dimensions, with reflective surfaces of yellow gold and rich trimmings of coloured gemstones. A lot of costume jewellery was created, as the jewellery made of real materials would have been unaffordable for most women, so large and heavy were they intended to appear. But real jewellery was also produced in large numbers in the USA and Europe, of course.

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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.