Night and day, you are the one!
Antique exquisite Belle Époque necklace with blue sapphire & diamonds, circa 1910
Night and day, you are the one Only you 'neath the moon or under the sun Whether near to me or far It's no matter, darling, where you are I think of you day and night... The perpetual alternation of day and night is a symbol of the cycle of life that has been sung about since ancient times. In the necklace here, this idea of opposites belonging together is captured in a piece of jewelry - enriching its beauty with a symbolic level of meaning. On a fine platinum chain, the jewel presents an elegant pendant in the form of a pendulum made of high-carat gold and platinum. At its centre, a midnight blue oval faceted sapphire weighing 1.40 carats, framed by a wreath of glittering old-cut diamonds, captures the eye. The ultra-fine diamonds in this necklace have a total weight of about 1.33 cts and bed the sapphire as if on white light reflections. A bezel-set row of more diamonds leads to the chain, which is attached to a particularly beautiful, slightly larger old-cut diamond. The interplay of sapphire and diamond is particularly fortunate, the contrasting colours of the stones enhancing their effect enormously. The necklace is a typical piece of jewellery of the Belle Époque, the beautiful era - as the first years of the 20th century before the start of the First World War are so aptly called. It was a time when beauty was traded as the highest good, when the arts flourished as well as evening events and salons, and this is also reflected in the present necklace. Handcrafted to perfection and made of the highest quality materials, this piece of jewellery is still a tangible and decorative reminder of the "beautiful era". A wonderful piece of jewellery with more than 100 years of history. It comes with a detailed appraisal from the German Gemstone Appraisal Society.
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, where today only a few sapphires are mined. Kashmir sapphires show a powerful cornflower blue and have a so-called "sleepy", slightly milky character. Sapphires from other sites show different shades of blue: stones from Mianmar, which can also reach the highest qualities, tend more towards an ultramarine. Sapphires from Sri Lanka tend to shine in a lighter, sky-blue tone. Sapphires from both locations tend to show stronger inclusions. It should not be forgotten, however, that sapphires can be more than just blue! Because like the ruby, the sapphire belongs to the corundum group. Since in mineralogy all corundums except the red ruby are called sapphires, yellow, green and orange sapphires are encountered in addition to the blue varieties. These stones, if they have an outstanding color quality and are free of inclusions, also fetch high prices in the trade. The pink to orange variety of sapphire is particularly sought after: these stones come exclusively from Sri Lanka and are known as Padparadscha. Today, however, the colour of stones from other regions is often altered by technical treatment and then also sold as padparadscha. In popular belief, the sapphire is considered the stone of truth, loyalty, wisdom and reason. Accordingly, the Doge of Venice wore such a mild blue stone as a sign of his fidelity and marriage to the sea, set in gold. And Queen Elizabeth I of England also believed that her sapphire could protect her against slander and cunning.
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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.