"Starlit" Express

Expressive vintage ring with zircon & pearls in gold around 1970

Jewelry of the 1970s broke in many ways with the fashions of the decades before. Instead of the bright white of the 1960s, the wave of taste turned again to warmly shining yellow gold. In general, warm tones were more in demand again: orange and brown, strong coloured stones such as garnet and smoky quartz were popular. The forms often remained non-representational and powerful. This ring made of yellow gold also shows this formal language. The openwork ring presents a mysterious blue gemstone in its center, flanked by two shimmering pearls. The stone is a zircon, a precious and natural gemstone hardly known in Germany. It has nothing in common with the cheap diamond substitute "zirconia", which is produced in a laboratory and is basically worthless. Genuine zircons are precious gemstones that can occur in many beautiful colors, with the blue specimens being especially prized and highly paid for. 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 sought-after 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 sculptural, voluminous and yet light form, is a precious piece of jewellery from the 1970s and still makes a wonderful gift today.

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.

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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.