Take my Breath away

Antique red gold ring with 0.90 ct old cut solitaire, around 1910

"With the highest honors he is endowed, the Adamas, the unbreakable hard diamond, whose fire and brilliance seem incomparable, whose clarity is that of water and whose durability is almost unlimited." With these exuberant words, a popular non-fiction book of the first half of the 20th century describes the king of precious stones. Diamonds were popular at all times, but only the discovery of rich deposits in South Africa in 1867 ensured a real boom in the hardest of all earthly minerals. From the years around 1890, engagement rings with diamond solitaires came into fashion - and have remained so to this day. The present ring from around 1910 also pays homage to the natural beauty of the diamond. In its center, it presents a brilliant-cut diamond in the historic old cut with wonderful sparkle as a solitaire in very good color and clarity (Wesselton, H /vsi). The diamond has a weight of about 0.90 ct and is securely held by a fine chaton, which appears like a little crown. The setting and rail are crafted of reddish gold, and their subtle shape perfectly highlights the gemstone. A stylish solitaire that also makes a wonderful engagement ring.

The symbolic act of giving a diamond ring as an engagement gift is first documented in 1477 and can be traced back to Mary of Burgundy, who received a diamond ring as a promise of fidelity from her later husband, Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg. Wearing a ring as a sign of commitment on the third finger of the left hand, on the other hand, was already the custom of the ancient Egyptians, who believed that the "love vein" connected the heart to the left ring finger.

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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.