Beauty with a past
Antique half carat solitaire in white gold, around 1920
A solitaire is the most classic form of diamond ring par excellence. But as simple as the basic idea of a ring with a single diamond is - the implementation can be done in so many different ways that it is almost impossible to list them all. The early 20th century ring here is entirely dedicated to the color white, and it shows with a gorgeous half-carat diamond in an individual cut and a setting of a bright precious metal. The ring is forged from high karat white gold and sets the fine old cut diamond in a platinum bezel setting. The stone sparkles in beautiful white and shows some edge inclusions, but these do not dull its brilliance. The ring band tapers towards the stone so that it is beautifully set off. The sides of the ring are finely engraved and thus delight with a surprising wealth of detail. The setting of the diamond is closed all around, which makes the ring particularly suitable for everyday wear. It is in very good condition and found its way to us here in Berlin.
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.