Water sheen and rose blush

Fine antique ring with rubies & diamonds in gold, Birmingham 1912

"The jewels were a composition of diamonds and rubies, and looked as delicate, pure, and noble as a mediæval work of art set in colors. A true enchantment lay around this intimacy of water sheen and rose blush distributed in the sensuous figures, which can only be taken so from the thoughts of our ancestors." (Adalbert Stifter: Der Nachsommer, 1857) The magic of diamond and ruby jewellery, which casts a spell over the protagonists of Der Nachsommer, also surrounds this ring from the England of the reign of George V. Three beautiful, fiery red rubies are set in the center of the widening ring band. Here they are accompanied by two old-cut diamonds. The solid ring rail of high karat gold betrays the period taste of the penultimate turn of the century and adds a nostalgic touch to this piece of jewellery from 1912. We are able to date the ring so accurately because a full Birmingham City Hallmark has been preserved inside the ring rail, providing information about the fineness of the gold and the year in which the ring was submitted to the Assay Office for stamping. The colors of the gemstones also enhance the jewelry with a symbolic layer: The red of the ruby represents the fire of love and the white of the diamonds the imperishability of the relationship. With its romantic symbolism, the fine ring is thus particularly suitable as a love gift or engagement ring - not least because it is beautifully solidly crafted and thus also appears wearable on a daily basis.

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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.