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Antique ring with dark blue sapphire and old cut diamonds in gold & platinum, around 1910

Subtle details in the workmanship are what make the most beautiful jewels of the Belle Époque so desirable. These may be the finely executed saw work - so fine that it seems they could hardly have been made by human hands; the delicacy of the shapes; or even a special cut that literally makes us see a gemstone in a different light. This ring combines all these qualities. Particularly striking, however, is the central sapphire in its faceted nave, which shapes it into an elongated oval: Like a tranquil lake, the deep blue stone seems to lie amidst icy shores, for its surface is smoothly polished, revealing some natural features within that leave a mysterious impression. Its underside is also faceted, and so intense blue reflections of light flash through the reflective surface now and then. Thirteen old-cut diamonds add subtle points of light to the arrangement and are set into the platinum-plated ring head. With its classical formal language, the ring is still indebted to the late Belle Époque, yet it already hints faintly at the later, austere geometric designs of Art Deco in its angular ring rail. The smooth transition between the two eras, and also the shared affinity for refined details and finesse of workmanship, are illustrated particularly beautifully in this ring.

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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.