Cornflower Blue

Fine vintage ring with cornflower blue sapphire & triangle diamonds circa 1975

The three precious gemstones in this ring are real lucky finds: set in the center, we see a beautiful sapphire whose intense clear blue and its wonderful transparency immediately inspire. These rare and sought-after qualities are not the result of heat or diffusion treatment, as is the case with most sapphires that can be bought in stores today. Grown as it is inside the earth, and with a master-cut facet that brings out its natural color, a stone like this is a truly exceptional gem. Since the sapphire weighs 4.70 carats and is a relatively large stone, we have had its characteristics confirmed by a gemmological laboratory. The completely untreated sapphire (no heat) is cornflower blue in colour and is accompanied by two unusual triangle-cut diamonds, which lead to the narrow ring band on the left and right. Restrained white gold lobes set the stones and ensure optimal light incidence. This elegant piece of jewellery was forged in Germany in the years around 1975 and is a so-called "trilogy ring" due to the fact that it is set with three precious stones. "Trilogy Ring". The three gemstones first of all stand for a temporal component and refer to the common life of two lovers in the past, present and future. Quite deliberately, the emphasis is on the present in the center of the ring. In addition, the gemstones themselves are symbolically charged, because while the diamond stands for eternity, the blue sapphire is a symbol of fidelity. A wonderful and high-quality jewel that found its way to us here in Berlin.

In popular belief, the 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. Among all gemstones, the deep blue sapphire in particular has been attributed various mythical qualities over the centuries. In the Middle Ages, bishops wore this stone as a ring because they believed it warded off guile and falsehood, and protected its wearer from feeling envy. In his Natural History of Gemstones, Della storia naturale della gemme, Naples 1730, Giacinto Gimma then wrote that the colour blue represented Venus and the study of the heavenly bodies and stars, and was most purely represented in sapphire. Possibly from these associations developed in the 19th century the meaning that the sapphire held in the so-called gemlore, the language of precious stones. In this language it was associated with truth and loving loyalty. For example, the painter Sir Edward Burne Jones, who also designed jewellery, wrote to his close friend Frances Graham: "Sapphire is truth, and I am never without it [...] Sapphires I make my totem of!"

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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.