The heart of the ocean
A natural 8.50 ct sapphire in an Art Deco platinum & diamond ring, circa 1930
A natural, untreated ('no heat') blue sapphire with a delicate tint of violet is the focal point of this spectacular Art Déco ring. The precious gemstone weighs in at approx. 8.50 ct and is presented in a unique, beautifully faceted cut. Its transparency and colour are entirely natural; with synthetic sapphires readily available throughout the Art Déco years, natural sapphires were symbols of refinement and luxury even then. A recently issued independent expertise by a renowned gemological institute certifies the sapphire's quality. The sapphire is set into a circle, lavishly set with diamonds. The ring's design is bold yet clean, evidently designed to bring out its central gemstone; it only hints at the usual geometries of the Art Déco era, instead opting to act as an elegant vessel. Delicate engravings on the ring band and an ornately pierced gallery add depth and detail to the masterfully crafted ring. As can sometimes be found in pieces of the era, it is made from a combination of platinum and white gold. The ring is in excellent condition. The quality of its materials assure a lasting value far beyond the decorative one. A beautiful one of a kind piece from one of the most sought-after and collectible eras in antique jewellery – as wearable today as it was nearly a century ago!
The sapphire is a truly royal stone. Even more frequently than the ruby, it adorns the crowns of the monarchies of Europe: the English state crown sparkles in the light of 18 beautiful stones, and that of the Bohemian king Wenceslas has just as many. The most famous sapphires in the world come from Kashmir, where today only a few sapphires are mined. Kashmir sapphires show a powerful cornflower blue and have a so-called "sleepy", slightly milky character. Sapphires from other sites show different shades of blue: stones from Mianmar, which can also reach the highest qualities, tend more towards an ultramarine. Sapphires from Sri Lanka tend to shine in a lighter, sky-blue tone. Sapphires from both locations tend to show stronger inclusions. It should not be forgotten, however, that sapphires can be more than just blue! Because like the ruby, the sapphire belongs to the corundum group. Since in mineralogy all corundums are called sapphires with the exception of the red ruby, yellow, green and orange sapphires are encountered in addition to the blue varieties. These stones, if they have an outstanding color quality and are free of inclusions, also fetch high prices in the trade. The pink to orange variety of sapphire is particularly sought after: these stones come exclusively from Sri Lanka and are known as Padparadscha. Today, however, the colour of stones from other regions is often altered by technical treatment and then also sold as padparadscha. In popular belief, the sapphire is considered the stone of truth, loyalty, wisdom and reason. Accordingly, the Doge of Venice wore such a mild blue stone as a sign of his fidelity and marriage to the sea, set in gold. And Queen Elizabeth I of England also believed that her sapphire could protect her against slander and cunning.
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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.