Spring lets its blue ribbon...
Graceful vintage ring with light blue sapphire & diamonds, around 1990
Spring lets its blue ribbon Fluttering through the air again; Sweet, familiar scents Scent the land with foreboding. Violets are already dreaming, Will come soon. - Hark, from afar a faint harp sound! Spring, yes, it's you I heard you! (Eduard Mörike, 1804 - 1875) Pale blue like the cloudless spring sky, the natural sapphire sparkles in the center of this ring made of fine white gold. The gemstone weighs approximately 5.0 carats and refracts the incoming light in an oval Ceylon cut. Four side chatons and an airy under-cadence hold the gemstone from the Indian subcontinent, allowing for optimal light play. On each of the ring shoulders, two princess-cut diamonds accompany the pastel centre stone and lead over to the sturdy ring rail. The lovely ring is believed to have been crafted in the United States in the last years of the previous millennium and is beautifully preserved. We assume that the antique, approximately five-carat sapphire comes from an older piece of jewelry, because due to its cut, it is obvious that the fine gemstone was used here in a dual application to decorate a hand from then on. The ring found its way to us in London and is a spring-like piece of jewellery that lets the thoughts wander into the skies and radiates its pastel magic when worn on the finger.
The sapphire is a truly royal stone. Even more frequently than the ruby, it adorns the crowns of the monarchies of Europe: the English state crown sparkles in the light of 18 beautiful stones, and that of the Bohemian king Wenceslas has just as many. And yet it shares many properties with the ruby, because for the mineralogist both stones belong to the group of corundum. The most famous sapphires in the world come from Kashmir, where today only a few sapphires are mined. Kashmir sapphires show a powerful cornflower blue and have a so-called "sleepy", slightly milky character. Sapphires from other sites show different shades of blue: stones from Mianmar, which can also reach the highest qualities, tend more towards an ultramarine. Sapphires from Sri Lanka tend to shine in a lighter, sky-blue tone. Sapphires from both locations tend to show stronger inclusions. It should not be forgotten, however, that sapphires can be more than just blue! Because like the ruby, the sapphire belongs to the corundum group. Since in mineralogy all corundums except the red ruby are called sapphires, yellow, green and orange sapphires are encountered in addition to the blue varieties. These stones, if they have an outstanding quality in color and freedom from inclusions, also fetch high prices in the trade. The pink to orange variety of sapphire is particularly sought after: these stones come exclusively from Sir Lanka and are known as Padparadscha. Today, however, the colour of stones from other regions is often altered by technical treatment and then also sold as padparadscha. In popular belief, the sapphire is considered the stone of truth, loyalty, prudence and reason. Accordingly, the Doge of Venice wore such a mild blue stone as a sign of his fidelity and marriage to the sea, set in gold. And Queen Elizabeth I of England also believed that her sapphire could protect her against slander and cunning.
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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.