Rathnapura's Treasures

Fine vintage sapphire & diamond ring in gold & white gold, England circa 2000

The most famous place of origin for blue sapphires is the island of Ceylon, which was only renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, south-east of the Indian subcontinent. Ceylon is considered to be the oldest mining area for these precious gems and according to contemporary reports, the sapphires of Ceylon were already set in jewellery by Greeks and Romans in classical antiquity. Even King Solomon is said to have wooed the legendary Queen of Sheba with sapphires from the area around Rathnapura, which means "City of Gems" in Sinhalese. The exquisite ring here features the classic combination of white diamonds with a seawater blue natural sapphire. Dating from around 2000, the ring sets a total of 10 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.90 carats, in addition to its wonderful sapphire weighing approximately 1.00 carat. The blue sapphire in an interesting cut combination is particularly distinguished by its intense color, which is actually perceivable as soft blue, unlike many other sapphires that appear very dark or almost inky. The white sparkle of the diamonds brings out the colour of the sapphire in this ring even more. The gemstone settings are crafted from high karat white gold and are a perfect match for the overall design of the piece. The ring band and the base of the ring head are made of yellow gold. The featured ring exudes luxury: The choicest of materials, the richest of fittings, fine quality of trim and the best of craftsmanship result in a magnificent piece of jewelry with a modernity that stands the test of time. A dream in blue and white that came to us from London.

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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.