A ring full of stories

Antique trilogy ring with old mine cut diamonds in platinum, around 1910

"On our childhood weighed the paralyzing overabundance of things, not even one of which could make us cheerful..." Full of weariness, the Art Nouveau designer Henry van de Velde retrospectively summed up his discomfort with the art of the late 19th century, which was oriented toward the rich ornamentation of the past. Together with other artists of his generation, he therefore sought new forms, simple, reduced beauty. In Germany in particular, crafts of restrained elegance emerged in those years, to the exclusion of exuberant ornamentation. The present ring shows that this principle was also applied to jewellery; it is entirely dedicated to the line and beauty of its materials. Three large diamonds seem to float between the curved ends of the ring band, which is also diamond-set. In total, approximately 1.69 ct of diamonds have been set. The three large center diamonds - a single carat and two quarter carats - tell a story that goes beyond that of the ring: they are shaped in the antique cushion-shaped cut, the Old Mine Cut, as it was used only in the 19th century. We can often observe in antique jewelry that the gemstones come from an even older heirloom. This was a widespread, sustainable practice at the time. The diamonds are set in platinum, at that time the most expensive of all precious metals and relatively new as a jewellery material - it was only in the late 19th century that jewellery had begun to be forged from it. The largest exporter of this picture-quality material was Russia. However, a platinum shortage triggered by the Russian October Revolution in 1917 made solid platinum jewelry even rarer for a few years until new platinum mines were discovered in the Transvaal, South Africa, in 1924. Thus, solid antique platinum jewelry is rare to this day and always evidence of a particularly luxurious jewel.

Rings with three gemstones are known as "trilogy rings. They are traditionally presented as engagement rings or romantic gifts on other occasions, because the three stones can be understood as a reference to the time spent together. One gemstone represents the past, one the future, and the stone in the middle symbolizes the present together.

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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.