Fidelity and consistency

Antique Victorian Gold Ring with Sapphires & Diamonds, Birmingham 1889

Did you know that there was a "jewel language" in the 19th century? Called "gem lore" in Victorian England, it was used to ascribe various meanings to precious stones. The sapphire stood for fidelity, the ruby for love, as did the pearl, and the diamond, as the hardest of all natural minerals, was ascribed permanence, which of course can also be read in the context of love. So it seems reasonable to assume that the ring we have here, which we can date to 1889 thanks to its sequence of stamps inside the ring band, is an engagement ring, a promise of fidelity in jewellery form. Made of high-carat gold, the ring presents us with three deep blue sparkling sapphires and four white diamonds, presumably from the English colonies of the Indian subcontinent, because in the second half of the 19th century England controlled large parts of the gemstone deposits with its colonial empire. The ring is wonderfully preserved - and for all friends of the color blue an ideal piece of jewelry, but also for gentlemen who want to use the ring again to testify loyalty and constancy with it!

The sapphire is a truly royal stone. Even more frequently than the ruby, it adorns the crowns of the monarchies of Europe: the English state crown sparkles in the light of 18 beautiful stones, and that of the Bohemian king Wenceslas has just as many. And yet it shares many properties with the ruby, because for the mineralogist both stones belong to the group of corundum. The most famous sapphires in the world come from Kashmir, but sapphires are rarely discovered in Kashmir today, and most of the available material was found more than 100 years ago. Kashmir sapphires are so high quality because the best pieces have an excellent, powerful cornflower blue and a sleepy character (as a result of rutile inclusions) that has been described as "blue velvet". Sapphires from Ceylon achieve this quality as well, but glow a rather lighter, sky-blue tone.

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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.