Star in the dark night

Antique gold ring with old cut diamond and sapphires, Chester 1904

In ancient times, people gazed in wonder at the night firmament. The stars shone there like torches and inspired countless myths and stories to explain their origin. Among the Greeks and Romans, for example, some tragically deceased heroes were transformed into stars after their deaths and placed in the sky as a special distinction. The ring here from Britain has reminded us of this consoling process known as katasterismos (Greek καταστερισμός, to ἀστήρ aster "star"). For the ring, made of high-carat yellow gold, features a sparkling old-cut diamond in a star-shaped recessed setting in the center of the ring head. A total of twenty midnight-blue cabochon-cut sapphires set both sides of the ring's face and lead to the wide ring band. The ring was made in Chester in northern England in 1904, as the hallmark inside the rail reveals. The sapphires were probably set into the ring in more recent times, replacing lost or rubbed pearls.

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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.