The Lips of Julia

Elegant gold ring with dark red natural ruby & diamonds, 1990s

"Some asked me where the rubies grew, And nothing I did say; But with my finger pointed to The lips of Julia." Robert Herrick No gemstone has been so often associated with passionate love in history and the arts as the ruby. It was its color alone that drew Robert Herrick to compare it to the mouth of his beloved Juliet. Oscar Wilde also compared the red of the ruby in his fairy tale "The Nightingale and the Rose" to the color of the heart itself, and William Blake spoke of the "rubies and pearls" of the loving gaze. This ring presents a particularly fine representative of these dark red gemstones in a beautiful design of the years around 1990. It is a natural ruby with excellent clarity and bright dark red color weighing about 1.70 carats. A plain ring band of high karat gold, each set on the shoulders with two fine brilliant-cut diamonds, joins the flat bezel setting of the ruby, which is set in the center. Thus, the ruby is wonderfully wearable presented as the focal point of the ring and can easily be worn on a daily basis. We discovered the ring in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and were immediately struck by the understated beauty of the design and the quality of the ruby. A detailed appraisal from Idar-Oberstein confirms the quality of the materials used and comes with the ring.

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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.