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Antique diamonds in a modern ring, early 18th century, c. 1840 & c. 1960

The further back in time we go, the rarer diamond jewellery has survived unchanged. The precious gemstones were too rare, diamonds were too expensive to buy and too few gemstones were freely available to simply leave unfashionable pieces lying around when they were no longer worn. Again and again, therefore, we find antique pieces of jewellery that have undergone modernization in the course of their history, or elements of old jewellery that have been absorbed into new jewellery. This ring made of gold and silver is such a piece of jewellery that restages a historical element: The focal point of the ring is a large diamond in an early brilliant cut, the kind loved in the mid-19th century. The stone is cushion cut with a large table and beautiful pavilion facets that converge into another small table. The stone is thick and has a nice high body. Smaller old European cut diamonds surround the gorgeous center stone in delicate silver settings, worked like small laurel leaves to form a wreath as worn in ancient emperors. What is exciting here is that these stones are obviously in secondary or tertiary use, because the cuts of the diamonds reveal that some of them date back to the early 18th century. The ring head of silver with its wonderfully individual old diamonds is - so we assume - originally the upper part of an earring from the middle of the 19th century. This showpiece can be imagined with a large pearl or another pendant diamond element, which was probably attached to it in a teardrop shape to adorn an ear. Quite typical for jewellery elements of the middle 19th century is the plastic-floral design of the silver with small leaves, loved during the so-called second rococo of those years. The ring band was created towards the middle of the 20th century and uses the old diamond element to create a new piece of jewellery from it. Thus a ring was created that unites two levels of ownership at a distance of about 300 years. The ring found its way to us here in Berlin. An enchanting diamond ring that brings its various antique elements to new beauty. A ring like no other.

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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.

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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.