"water gleam and red of rose"

Fine vintage ring with untreated ruby & diamonds, around 1990

"The jewellery was a composition of diamonds and rubies and seemed as delicate, as pure and noble as a medieval work of art. A veritable magic seemed to surround this ardency of water gleam and red of rose (…)" – Excerpt from: Adalbert Stifter, Indian Summer, 1857. The effect of diamond and ruby jewellery, which enchants the protagonists of Stifter’s novel, is also discernible in this ring, which combines them in their purest forms. In its centre gleams a natural, untreated ruby in an intense rose red. The gemstone is cut as an oval-shaped cabochon in order to bring out its colour perfectly. The entire domed front of the ring, surrounding the central stone, is lavishly pavé-set with high quality diamonds, most of them internally flawless. In this ring, made in the last decade of the 20th century, the colours of the precious gemstones seem to intensify each other. Only the finest quality materials have been used here and are highlighted by the sleek, simple, yet ingenious design. An independent certificate by a renowned gemological institute will be delivered with the ring.

The ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum to which the sapphire also belongs. With its fiery appearance, the ruby is one of the most precious gemstones, surpassed only by the diamond. Really first-class rubies are only found in a few places on earth. Most famous are the mines of the city of Mogok in Mynanmar (Burma). The best stones from this site are characterized by a particularly intense red color, which is called pigeon blood.

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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.