Favorite flower

Antique diamond & ruby ring in rose gold, circa 1910

The early 20th century ring here shines freshly and enchantingly at us in the shape of a blossom. Seven diamonds in the old brilliant cut have come together to form a white round. The same number of rubies, cut into intense red crescents, are arranged as petals around this glittering core - and a fragrant flower is created before our eyes. Flower motifs have been a popular motif in jewellery design since time immemorial. However, we have not often found it implemented as artistically as here, through the use of specially cut rubies. Cutting colored stones to fit and setting them in gold, "calibrating" them, was a big fashion at the beginning of the 20th century. Usually many small stones are set in straight channel settings for this purpose. That curved petals of gemstone were formed as here is as rare as it is enchanting. The ring of warm rose gold sets the blossom between two further diamonds and otherwise keeps a very low profile: the ring band is nothing but a simple band that does not compete with the blossom motif: thus all attention remains on this blossom made of the love stone ruby and the stone of eternity, the diamond: May it bloom forever!

Flower motifs have been extremely popular in jewellery design throughout the centuries. Like a bouquet of flowers, they were an expression of emotions such as affection and love, but unlike their organic cousins, they never wilted. Every era has used blossoms, and of course their forms have been varied according to the tastes of the time. The 19th century had a particular fondness for graceful plants and even developed its own "flower language" with which (more or less) secret messages could be exchanged. The following poem, whose author is known only by the abbreviation F.W.H., sums up the meaning of flowers very nicely: "There is a language, little known, Lovers claim it as their own. Its symbols smile upon the lang Wrought by Nature's wondrous hand; And in their silent beaty speak Of live and joy, to those who seek For Love Divine and sunny hours In the language of the flowers."

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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.