Matter of the heart in yellow gold

Elegant yellow gold ring with 0,85 ct old cut brilliant from our workshop

The love for antique objects makes us as antique jewelry dealers buy unmounted historical gemstones from time to time. Because every diamond in the so-called old cut is an unmistakable unique specimen with its very own character: Every single one of its facets is created by hand, its proportions often follow the shape of the rough crystal from which it was cut. Thus, beautiful old-cut diamonds are always individual gemstones of very special charm and very own charisma. Such a unique specimen is also the antique diamond in cushion-shaped old cut with 0.85 carat weight. The stone shows itself in warm-white color and with very good fire. We have had an appraisal done on the fine old cut diamond after the gemstone was graduated with the color "Lightly Toned White" (J) and the clarity si1 (small inclusions). Finding beautiful settings for our historic diamonds, however, proved more difficult than anticipated. Modern ready-made settings, like the ones you can buy in stores, are often soulless machine products with no sense of shape or proportion. But beautiful, hand-forged antique settings rarely come to us without matching diamonds. So we commissioned our goldsmith to forge a ring setting based on our design, which we then had cast using ancient techniques. We had the present ring made of high-carat yellow gold and used antique material to match the historic diamond of the years around 1870. Two smaller diamonds in delicate mille-handled ornaments divide the ring shoulders and give the piece its light elegance, which beautifully sets off the large brilliant-cut diamond. At the same time, the jewelry sparkles with every ray of light that strikes its finely crafted surfaces. The ring can be worn every day without any restrictions thanks to its high-quality, insensitive materials and its flat design. An ideal ring for what is probably the most decisive question in life - and that is always a matter of the heart!

In ancient times, diamonds were valued primarily for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all 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 developed a taste for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose multiple facets beautifully reflected candlelight, were especially popular. In the middle of the century, a first, early brilliant cut developed, called 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 gem cutter from Venice who increased the crown of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33, thus increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be preserved. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full cut brilliant cut diamonds, but several more generations of continuous improvement in cutting techniques were needed before the Old Mine Cut became the Old European Cut, and finally the modern full cut in the 1940s.

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.


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.