Cornflower Blue

Elegant antique gold ring with synthetic sapphire, Germany circa 1935

This ring is a true joy of colour. The ring rail and setting shine in a warm gold tone, summery and full of luster. The large gemstone in the center, a synthetically created blue sapphire, further enhances this delight for the eyes: its luminous blue is deep and intense, like the richest glow of a cornflower in the glow of the summer sun. Throughout the history of jewelry, the preference for certain colors and chromaticities changes with the fashions. Art Deco, for example, began in the 1920s with a great love of white designs, but over the years tastes changed back to the warm yellow gold that had already appealed to Art Nouveau artists. This ring shows this new love of warm tones beautifully and was created in the 1930s. The delicate engravings take their cue from historical models, but the clear overall form, a simple hoop and a setting that takes a back seat to the gemstone, is unquestionably modern in thought. The ring, made in Germany, is in very good condition.

In 1891, Auguste Verneuil made a major breakthrough in the technique of growing gemstones that revolutionized the jewelry world at the turn of the century. Verneuil's laboratory-developed rubies were almost indistinguishable in structure and color from natural stones and became the dernier cri of the fashion world, making jewelry set with large stones more affordable. Just how widespread synthetic rubies were at the time this jewelry was created is shown, for example, in an essay by the German mineralogist Dr. Alfred Eppler, who wrote about them just in 1910 in the Deutsche Goldschmiede-Zeitung: "Since science and technology have advanced so far as to produce beautiful artificial rubies, some of which have turned out so exquisitely that even the most subtle aids of the scholar threaten to fail in distinguishing them from the natural ones, why should one limit their possible uses?" (Alfred Eppler: Synthetische Edelsteine, in: Deutsche Goldschmiede-Zeitung 7 (1910), p. 61f., here p. 62). Nevertheless, a lively discussion arose as to whether synthetic stones should always be declared.

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