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A historic 1.93 ct diamond in a ring from our workshop

A milestone of diamond cutting can be admired in this ring, which comes from the studio of our goldsmith. As a showpiece, the ring made of high-carat gold and patinated silver presents a large historic diamond weighing almost two carats, which came to us unset from Madrid. In ancient times, diamonds were valued above all for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, the very early diamonds rarely if ever appear attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the widespread table cuts only brought out the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century: the nobility of the Baroque period had a taste for sparkling gemstones that glittered in the light of candles. In the middle of the century, gem cutters therefore developed an early form of the brilliant cut, known as the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown with 17 facets. By the end of the century, these diamonds were then replaced by a new shape, named the Peruzzi cut after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gemstone cutter from Venice who increased the upper part of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33 and thus increased the fire of the stones enormously. With this development in cutting techniques, the brilliant cut was born and continued to evolve in the constant search for the perfect refraction of light. One of the distinguishing features of all these early diamonds is that the stones are not round - because rough diamonds are usually polygonal shapes that resemble rock candy in their rough form. So it was the logical consequence to also cut angular gemstones from them. The fashion for today's always round brilliant-cut diamonds basically only developed at the beginning of the 20th century! Here, on the other hand, we find an early brilliant in a cushion-shaped basic form. Cut in the second half of the 19th century as a so-called "cushion-cut", the diamond came to us with a respectable 1.935 ct and its radiant color unset. We had it set in blackened silver to ideally emphasize the beauty of the gemstone, as already recommended by Benvenuto Cellini in his treatise on the art of goldsmithing. The closed setting additionally reflects the incident light via a polished silver shell beneath the diamond. A simple rail made of high-carat yellow gold completes the ring. The result is a piece of jewellery that can be worn every day, with a historic and precious jewel at its centre, held in place by high-carat gold and fine silver.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


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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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