From old masters

Antique cushion cut diamond, 2.08 ct in a ring from our workshop

A wonderful example of an old cushion cut diamond can be admired in this ring, which comes from the studio of our goldsmith. As a showpiece, the ring made of high-carat gold and patinated silver presents a large historic diamond weighing more than two carats, which came to us from Madrid. In ancient times, diamonds were prized above all for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, the very early diamonds rarely if ever appear attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the common table cuts only brought out the brightness and colour of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century: the nobility of the Baroque period had a taste for sparkling gemstones that glittered in the light of candles. In the middle of the century, gem cutters therefore developed an early form of the brilliant cut, known as the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown with 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 gemstone cutter from Venice who increased the upper part of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33 and thus increased the fire of the stones enormously. With this development in cutting techniques, the brilliant cut was born and continued to evolve in the constant search for the perfect refraction of light. One of the characteristics of all these early diamonds is that the stones are not round - because rough diamonds are usually polygonal crystals that resemble rock candy in their rough form. So it was the logical consequence to also cut angular gemstones from them. The fashion for today's always round brilliant cut diamonds basically only developed at the beginning of the 20th century! Here, on the other hand, we find an early brilliant in a cushion-shaped basic form. Cut in the second half of the 19th century as a so-called "cushion cut", the diamond with a respectable 2.08 ct and its radiant color (G) came to us unset and was re-set by our goldsmith. The head of the golden ring is made of silver and has a dark patina, which gives the piece a very special charm. We were inspired by Benvenuto Cellini's treatise on the art of goldsmithing, as Cellini (1500 in Florence; † 1571 in Florence) recommended setting diamonds in blackened silver to give the diamonds a perfect background to sparkle. The closed setting further reflects the incoming light over a polished silver dish beneath the diamond. A sleek ring band of high karat yellow gold completes the ring. Thus, inspired by the old masters, a daily wearable piece of jewellery has been created, with a historic and precious jewel at its centre, held in place by high-carat gold and blackened silver. A unique piece of its very own quality.

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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.