A bright glow in the night
Elegant Belle Époque Sapphire & Diamond Ring, circa 1910
A bright glow in the night, a noise, a roar; the call of jazz seductive, it deprived me of sleep... The ring here, written in the years around 1910, is developed out of the poetry of pure geometry and speaks the language of that beauty-loving, seduced and seductive time: A beautiful sapphire is set in the center of the cushion-shaped ring head and is accompanied by a multitude of small old-cut diamonds. A delicate meandering band surrounds the blue stone in its bezel setting. Thus the blue gemstone seems to be embedded in white light reflections. The surface of the ring head is crafted from light platinum, continuing the blue and white colour scheme of the piece of jewellery. Fine mille handles and dynamic diamond patterns further enliven the surface. A simple white gold rail completes the ring, which was created in the years just before the First World War. The exceptional quality of the work is also evident when one takes a close look at the materials. The sapphire is a completely natural, untreated stone, as an expert's report from Idar-Oberstein states, which is included with the ring. The piece of jewellery lies relatively flat over the finger and is therefore comfortable and uncomplicated to wear. An individual Belle Époque ring with character!
The sapphire is a truly royal stone. Even more frequently than the ruby, it adorns the crowns of the monarchies of Europe: the English state crown sparkles in the light of 18 beautiful stones, and that of the Bohemian king Wenceslas has just as many. And yet it shares many properties with the ruby, because for the mineralogist both stones belong to the group of corundum. The most famous sapphires in the world come from Kashmir, where today only a few sapphires are mined. Kashmir sapphires show a powerful cornflower blue and have a so-called "sleepy", slightly milky character. Sapphires from other sites show different shades of blue: stones from Mianmar, which can also reach the highest qualities, tend more towards an ultramarine. Sapphires from Sri Lanka tend to shine in a lighter, sky-blue tone. Sapphires from both locations tend to show stronger inclusions. In popular belief, sapphire is considered the stone of truth, fidelity, prudence and reason. Accordingly, the Doge of Venice wore such a mild blue stone, set in gold, as a sign of his fidelity and marriage to the sea. And Queen Elizabeth I of England also believed that her sapphire could protect her against slander and cunning.
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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.