"Starlit" Express

Expressive vintage ring with zircon & pearls in gold, around 1955

Zircon has been known as a gemstone since ancient times and has been found at some of the world's oldest archaeological sites. It appears in various ancient writings, including the Bible and a Hindu poem about the mythical Kalpa tree, which is said to have been adorned with leaves of zircon. Some sources mention a Jewish legend involving an angel named "Zircon" who was supposed to watch over Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Under its ancient name "Hyacinth," the zircon finds mention several times in the Bible, first as one of the "fiery stones" (Ezekiel 28:13-16) presented to Moses and placed in Aaron's breastplate (Exodus 28:15-30), and then as one of the twelve precious stones that will adorn the foundation stones of the city wall of the Heavenly Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19-20). Andrew, Bishop of Caesarea, was one of the first church writers in the late 10th century to associate the twelve gems of the Heavenly Jerusalem with the Apostles: He assigned the hyacinth (zircon) to the apostle Simon. The ring here presents one of these mysterious gems at its center. It is flanked by two shimmering pearls and set in yellow gold. These blue zircons are called "starlite" and they are created by firing natural dark brown zircons at temperatures around 800 degrees Celsius for two to two and a half hours - if you're lucky, this will produce the distinctive blue that is one of the most coveted colors in the zircon spectrum and the most highly valued. In combination with two pearls from the depths of the sea, this stone can naturally show off its wonderful colour particularly well. The ring, with its plastic, voluminous and yet light form, is a precious piece of jewellery from the 1950s and a wonderful gift even today.

The first years of the young Federal Republic experienced a previously unseen increase in wealth and quality of life with the economic miracle. After the sorrows of the war years, the displays of the shops shone in new luxury, and not least jewellery and watches also served to visibly show the new joie de vivre to the outside world. The style of the jewellery of these years was often oriented towards the late Art Déco, as it had been developed since the 1930s and continued to determine the designs of the large goldsmith companies, especially in the USA and France: rich furnishings, clear geometries and an exuberant sparkle of high-quality gemstones determined the picture.

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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.

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