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Antique gold ring with one carat old cut solitaire, around 1925

A ring with a single, large diamond is considered the classic engagement ring today. Here, the precious (and, according to legend, indestructible) stone stands for eternity - which is thus meant to underline the duration of the promise made with it. How did this tradition come about? As early as 1477, so the story goes, Duchess Mary of Burgundy was given a diamond ring as a promise of fidelity by her future husband Maximilian of Habsburg. Another interesting chapter on this subject can still be followed today in the art city of Florence. Here Piero de' Medici chose the diamond ring as his personal emblem, as his imprese. The son of Cosimo and father of Lorenzo il Magnifico had this ring, adorned with a single diamond and a banner with the inscription "SEMPER", i.e. "always", placed on all the buildings for which he was responsible, but also on everyday objects. Families linked to the Medici, such as the Rucellai, adopted this sign: We still see it today on the façade of their city palazzo. Even in Medici times, the diamond ring was a sign of eternity - and as such has endured throughout the centuries. Here now is a ring from the early 20th century, 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 lightly tinted white and, under the magnifying glass, shows small inclusions that attest to its naturalness. The white gold setting is shaped like a little crown and shows off the stone to its best advantage. The ring shoulder is elegantly flared and leads to the simple shank. A wonderful ring that can also be worn every day, which came to us from Hamburg and has been preserved in first-class condition even after almost 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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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.

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