A Drop of Sunshine

Exquisite gold ring with yellow sapphire & diamonds in gold, circa 1985

This exquisite vintage ring, with its combination of gleaming yellow gold and rich gemstone setting, is a typical piece of 1980s jewelry and found its way to us from the posh Dahlem district of Berlin. The casual, dynamic asymmetry of the design is typical of this decade, which was marked by economic prosperity for broad strata of society. Precious jewellery here offered the ideal opportunity for self-expression and the development of a luxurious lifestyle. On its face, the ring presents a row of four white brilliant-cut diamonds of very good quality, leading to a drop-shaped faceted sapphire. But wait - a sapphire? Aren't sapphires blue? Yes - and no! The sapphire can show itself in numerous other colours besides the well-known blue. Like the ruby, the sapphire belongs to the mineral group of corundum. Since in mineralogy all corundums except the red ruby are called sapphires, yellow, pink, green and orange sapphires are encountered in addition to the blue varieties. The sapphire in our ring has a wonderful sunny yellow color and a weight of 0.89 carats, as the engraving inside the hand-made ring reveals. The sapphire is set slightly off axis from the ring, giving the piece of jewelry a wonderful dynamic feel. The ring itself is made from high karat yellow gold, giving it a summery feel thanks to its sunny yellow colouring. A high-quality, unique piece of jewellery that can put you in a good mood!

The term sapphire is derived from the Greek word "sappheiros" and actually means "blue stone". Just like the less common ruby, sapphire is one of the two varieties of the mineral corundum. While in the past only blue corundum was called sapphire, we now know that the natural color palette of this high-quality gemstone includes not only blue, but colorless, yellow, orange, pink, violet, brown and green specimens, as well as several mixed colors. Only the red corundum are called rubies. Particularly radiant colors that the sapphire can produce other than blue are sought after because of their rarity and reach top prices at international auctions.

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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.