Queen of the night

Antique tiara ring with diamonds & sapphire, around 1910

In the early 20th century, goldsmiths sought and found new forms. One of these new forms was a type of ring that allowed the rail to swing out to a point in the center and present one gemstone above this point, but several below. The resulting composition often resembles a tiara, and in fact similar pieces are often called tiara rings. The ring presented here is designed as such a tiara ring. It sets an antique-cut, midnight blue sapphire and several old European cut diamonds weighing about one carat combined. The gemstones form a cross in this case, with the sapphire juxtaposed with the largest of the diamonds: the large diamond alone weighs about half a carat. It is the colors of a starry night that have thus come together. The diamonds are set in platinum, which is superimposed on the base material, gold. The platinum extends along the entire diamond setting, so that when worn, only a sparkling white surface is visible. Only on the side and underneath the ring is gold transparent. The ring is in very good condition and is a high quality example of the elegant, ethereal period taste of the late Belle Époque.

White jewels, jewelry in white colorfulness, celebrate the light. At the end of the 19th century, the innovation of the electric light bulb turned night into day. Consequently, jewellery could now shine in the evening as never before. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. When at the beginning of the 20th century first platinum and finally also white gold made their way into the shop windows of the jewelers, this white brilliance was perfect, and the night was turned into day.

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