Antique single carat solitaire in old cut in gold & platinum, circa 1910
A ring with a single, large diamond is considered the classic engagement ring today. Here, the precious (and, according to legend, indestructible) diamond stands for eternity - which is thus meant to underline the duration of the promise made with it. How did this tradition come about? It is certain that as early as 1477, so the story goes, Duchess Mary of Burgundy was given a ring with a diamond as a promise of fidelity by her future husband Maximilian of Habsburg. Even in the days of the old Habsburgs, the diamond ring was a sign of eternity and faithful love - and as such has endured through the centuries. Here we have a ring from the years around 1900, which presents a wonderful diamond solitaire in the historic old cut and was probably once a gift of love. The gemstone, which weighs about one carat, shines in beautiful white and shows only small inclusions under the magnifying glass, which testify to its naturalness. Its cut is an induvidual old cut, which allows to date it to the years around 1910. The gold setting, finely openworked on the sides, holds the stone with a platinum frame decorated with fine mille handles, and a narrow rail makes it comfortable to wear even on a daily basis. This wonderful ring came to us from Amsterdam, and has remained in first class condition after more than 100 years.
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 several generations of continuous improvement of the cutting technique were necessary until the Old Mine Cut became the Old European Cut, and finally the modern full cut in the 1940s.
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