Love actually

Fine gold & silver ruby and diamond ring, 18th century England

With its sparkling gemstone setting, the ring we have here transports us to the life-hungry era of the 18th century. It is a ring from the years before the French Revolution, when the Ancien Régime still revelled in lavish splendor. In the era marked by refinement and gallantry, jewellery with diamonds and precious gemstones, which until then had been almost exclusively reserved for the nobility, enjoyed a popularity never seen before. Rings were worn in a wide variety of shapes and in large numbers at once, so they were often delicately constructed. This particularly beautiful ring features a sparkling setting of a total of two diamonds in cushion-shaped cuts typical of the period, and a beautiful caré-cut ruby in its center. The gold ring band holds the fine silver settings of the gemstones in the upper section. Typical of the time, the stones are held by closed settings that are foiled on the back, which makes their shine unmistakable to this day. The ring of the mid-18th century came to us from England and it is beautifully preserved to this day in an antique case made by the Barfoot jeweler in Brighton. The museum piece of jewelry and a rare example of an original ring of the late 18th century in a decidedly pretty, delicate shape and with a really beautiful ruby in its center.

Rococo society, fashion and morals have had a notoriously bad reputation since the end of the monarchy in France. The overridden rule of the aristocracy was associated by the revolutionaries with everything conceivably bad, with moral decay as well as loss of taste. Even Stendhal, the famous novelist, described it as the main occupation of, for example, the inhabitants of Milan in those years to have small perfumed pink silk handkerchiefs printed with poems, in order to adore them to the most beautiful daughters of the city - and otherwise to indulge in their adulterous love affairs. The delicate and elegant piece of jewelry here comes from that world. But it is difficult at its sight not to see the beauty of this era alone.

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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.