The most beautiful green

Elegant platinum ring with emerald & old cut diamonds, around 1925

"We already look with pleasure at the green of herbs and leaves. But we still prefer to look at emeralds, for their green is the most beautiful of all. Moreover, they are the only gems which fill the eyes without saturating them; indeed, when the eyes are weakened by exertions of other kinds, they are strengthened again by gazing upon emeralds [...] for their gentle green dispels the dullness of them." (Nat. Hist. 37.16) The beauty and effect of gemstones already preoccupied the people of antiquity. The quotation reproduced here is from Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar from Como. In the year 77 A.D. he compiled the knowledge about nature of that time in a work, the Naturalis Historia or Natural History. The gemstone whose color he so effusively describes here was also chosen here as the centerpiece of a finely crafted ring. It is a particularly clear emerald, interspersed only on one side with those inclusions known as "jardin". The emerald is set in yellow gold, which accentuates its vivid color. It is surrounded by a ring of twelve fine-quality old-cut diamonds set in platinum, which intensify its colour in contrast. But not only the diamond settings, the entire ring is crafted from solid platinum: At the time, due to the high price of the material, a commitment to the highest luxury. Delicate mille handles line the settings, and even the ring shoulders bear ornaments on three sides. The ring is in very good condition. A fine piece of jewellery that wonderfully demonstrates the artistic and precise craftsmanship of the time!

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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.

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