Green garden

Charming Entourage Ring with Emerald & Diamonds, circa 1970

In the 1960s and 1970s, one ring type in particular enjoyed particular popularity: the entourage ring. The name derives from the French word for escort or entourage and describes the way in which a wreath of diamonds surrounds a large center stone. Such flower-like arrangements are known as early as the early modern period. Rings of that later period, however, are usually distinguished by the center stone being set in a slightly raised position, which ensures it even more attention. All gemstones are also usually held in place by an gallery of fine struts of precious metal, which allows a particularly large amount of light to reach the precious setting. The stone presented here in this classic manner is an emerald. Its luminous green is surrounded by a wreath of sixteen white brilliant cut diamonds. In its centre, those inclusions stand out which are characteristic for naturally formed stones and which, in the case of emeralds, are poetically described as a "jardin", i.e. a garden. This small garden of crystalline structures is revealed by a careful look at the smoothly polished table of the gemstone, and brings to mind the rainforests of South America; the continent that is famous for its rich emerald deposits. The ring band and settings are made of silver and fit perfectly with the slightly playful overall design of the piece. The gallery allows light to reach the gemstones, which can thus unfold their play of light particularly beautifully. To confirm the quality of the materials and especially of the central emerald, we commissioned an expert opinion from the German Society for Gemstone Appraisal in Idar-Oberstein. The experts arrived at a replacement value of 4,880 euros for our piece of jewellery.

The name of the emerald probably comes from the Latin "Smaragdus", which in turn is taken from the Greek "Smaragdos". The emerald was first mined around 1300 BC in Egypt, which dominated the emerald trade in the Mediterranean region for a long time. Only with the conquest of South America by the Spaniards was their trading position broken, as there were also rich emerald deposits there. The emerald is one of the most valuable gemstones and has always had a very high value in many cultures. The ancient Egyptians recognized the healing powers of the emerald early on, especially its effect on the eyes. Pliny the Elder wrote about it in 77 AD: "If the eyes are weakened, they are strengthened again by looking at the emerald. The gentle green of the stone drives away dullness". Nero, for example, is said to have worn an emerald as a monocle to strengthen his eyes, and it is also said of Cleopatra that she supported her beauty and youth by wearing emeralds.

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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.