Caress with roses

Antique ring of the Belle Époque with diamond roses, around 1890

Not all diamonds are the same. Every cut diamond differs by its very own character. Sometimes it is the color or the inclusion patterns that make a stone recognizable. Then again it is its individual proportions, which the gemstone cutter has given it following its natural form. For it is the cut that brings out the fire of the diamond and the facets thus created refract the light. While in today's jewellery only brilliant cut diamonds are set, the range of diamond cuts in antique jewellery is much wider. In this gold ring from around 1890, we see a total of 15 diamonds in the historic rose cut. An impressively large, radiant Antwerp diamond rose weighing approximately 0.70 carats forms the focal point of the openwork ring head, which is crafted of silver, while the ring rail gleams in warm red gold. Since the Baroque era, such beautifully cut diamond roses have been referred to as "rose couronnée" (crowned rose). For centuries, stones with this cut were the most sought-after in the world of diamonds. When the present ring was created at the end of the 19th century, this earlier admiration was evidently still in mind: For the ring presents its roses in quite an advantageous way. An individual piece of jewellery history.

Rose cut diamonds, also called "Rose couronée", "crowned roses", can already be found in jewellery of the 16th century. Famous diamonds such as the Orloff and the Grand Mogul are designed in this rose cut, which is characterized by the fact that the top of the diamond is faceted in a star shape and the bottom is cut flat. This creates a very specific, soft shimmer, which is very different from the sometimes glaring glow of today's diamonds. The diamond rose therefore still has numerous followers today, precisely because beautiful, large roses made of diamond are becoming increasingly rare to find.

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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.