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Antique ring with old European cut diamond in white gold, art deco around 1925

The diamond ring, especially the solitaire, is today considered the classic engagement ring. This tradition has its origins as early as 1477, the year in which Mary of Burgundy received a diamond ring from Archduke Maximilian of Austria as an engagement gift. However, it was not until the late years of the 19th century, 1886 to be exact, that the image of the diamond solitaire was coined as an engagement ring. Louis Comfort Tiffany invented a setting that raised the diamond above the rail, allowing plenty of light to reach it - and he marketed this ring as jewellery particularly suitable for engagement. Meanwhile, the ring presented here shows just how great and beautiful the possibilities are for presenting a precious diamond as a ring. The diamond in its center is a special jewel. It is a cleanly cut, pure (vsi) and barely noticeable to the naked eye toned old European cut diamond of about 0.82 ct. It has a wonderful brilliance and an ideal size for a solitaire ring. The framing of this diamond has been done in the modern period taste of Art Deco. Elegantly stepped squares of white gold, lined with millegrain, each hold a single diamond rose here. Together, they create a geometric composition that could hardly be more typical of its time. Thanks to the bezel setting around the central diamond and the grained, flat-set settings of the smaller diamond roses, the ring is also eminently wearable in everyday life. It is an elegant eye-catcher on the hand, which at first glance makes you aware of the design language of the 1920s and even after a century now does not seem old-fashioned, but timeless.

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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.