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Antique 5.05 ct old cut solitaire in white gold, circa 1920/2021

A diamond ring like this large solitaire is all about emotion. If it is given as an engagement ring, it will complete a series of dreamy excursions into the realm of fantasy that once began with the first toy ring in childhood. If, on the other hand, you give the diamond to yourself as a gift, for example on a very personal occasion, it will always remind you of that special moment, which can be recreated in your memory whenever your gaze loses itself in the sparkle and glitter of the stone. Beyond the reveries lie the facts. The ring in question here holds at its centre a diamond of an impressive 5.05 carats in the historic old cut, just over eleven millimetres in diameter. Its color is tinted and appears warm white to the eye. Its clarity is good: the diamond has been classified by an independent institute with the clarity grade "si", which means that it has only the smallest inclusions that are difficult to see with the eye. The antique diamond was cut in years around 1920 and comes with the corresponding certificate. The large solitaire is set in high karat white gold so as not to tint its glow and color: six airy claws hold it securely and allow maximum light reflexion. The symmetrical cut gives the impressive diamond great fire. The elegant setting to the diamond was recently created in Vienna, making the historic diamond effectively wearable. A ring in a class of its own.

In ancient times, diamonds were valued primarily for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the widespread table cuts only brought out the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century. The nobility of the Baroque period developed a taste for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose many facets reflected candlelight beautifully, were particularly popular. In the middle of the century, a first, early brilliant cut developed, called the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown of 17 facets. By the end of the century, these diamonds were then replaced by a new shape, named the Peruzzi cut after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gem cutter from Venice, who increased the crown of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33, thus increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early brilliant diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be preserved. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full-cut diamonds, but it would take several more generations of continuous development of the cutting technique before the Old Mine Cut became the Old European Cut, and finally, in the 1940s, the modern full cut.

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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.