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Elegant aquamarine ring in two-tone gold, 1930s
This ring from the late 1930s shows the sophisticated design language of the late Art Déco of the pre-war period. This late style, hardly known in Germany, is called "Retro Style" in English-speaking countries and is characterized by generous volumes and the use of warm yellow and red gold instead of the platinum that was common in the 1920s. A pale blue aquamarine in a rectangular staircase cut sparkles in the center of the cocktail ring. The beautiful gemstone is held in place by a simple frame of gold, whose soft color complements the cool blue perfectly. The gemstone is set across the finger, effectively standing out from its sculptural-looking setting, with two small old-cut diamonds adding little extra sparkle. Two applied sheets of red gold lead to the simple ring rail in a three-strand design. Created in Germany just before World War II, the ring is a statement piece that beautifully illustrates the tastes of that era. The ring is striking and hand forged. It found its way to us from southern Germany.
The aquamarine is a gemstone that immediately captivates almost all gemstone lovers. Mineralogically, aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl, the group of minerals that also includes emerald and heliodor. The most important deposits of this gemstone are found in Madagascar and Brazil, where the most beautiful, so-called Santa Maria aquamarines are mined in the city of Ceará. As the protective stone of seafarers, the gemstone of lovers or as a stone that promises wisdom - for thousands of years the aquamarine has been one of the most valued gemstones in the world. Even in ancient times, people revered it for its brilliance and its color, which is reminiscent of the sea and cloudless skies. According to tradition, it was also believed that the gemstone could appease the god of the sea, Poseidon: sailors therefore threw aquamarines overboard during wild storms to soothe the fury of the sea god. In the Middle Ages, aquamarines were placed in the reliquaries of saints, often as peepholes so that one could look inside the goldsmith's work, for aquamarines are usually particularly pure and without inclusions. The brightest, whitest beryls were even used to make spectacle lenses - which is where our word for them comes from!
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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.