A Dream of Spring
Vintage emerald ring with diamonds in white gold, Germany circa 1960
It is a unique green, light and bright, which arouses emotions. It is the color of nature, of strong, growing plants, of spring and hope. It is a luminous color, deep yet bright, that you want to dive into, lose yourself in, and that reveals a new world with every glance. The ring here presents an emerald in this very color, a green, natural emerald, very clear, with a slight jardin. The ring frames the emerald with two rows of sparkling diamonds of different sizes, with a total weight of 1.40 ct. This firework of white enhances the effect of the green stone, as its color only seems more striking. The settings and ring rail are made of brightly radiant white gold. The ring head, designed as a cushion, gives the emerald plenty of room to work its magic. According to its design and the first-class workmanship by hand, the ring was created in the years around 1960. It came to us from the Rhineland. We had the quality of the emerald examined by an independent laboratory in Idar-Oberstein. The certificate shown here, which confirms the materials and value of the ring, is delivered with the piece.
"No other green attains the splendor of the richly and nobly colored emerald. Impossible to compare a green glass with this stone, absurd to name even the sea or a colorful parrot emerald. How might the Spaniards once have felt when they received as a gift from the Indians in 1537 that stone of ambition and passionate love?" With these exuberant words, a popular non-fiction book of the first half of the 20th century describes the emerald. The green variety of beryl was coveted in ancient Egypt, and Egypt dominated the emerald trade in the Mediterranean until the fall of the Pharaonic Empire. It was not until the Spanish conquered South America in the 16th century that rich emerald deposits were discovered on the new continent, which from then on became the most sought-after gemstones of the European upper class. The emerald is one of the most valuable gemstones and has always had a very high value in many cultures, myths and royal houses. The ancient Egyptians recognized the healing powers of the emerald early on, especially its effect on the eyes. Even Pliny the Elder wrote about it: "If the eyes are weakened, they are strengthened again by looking at the emerald. The gentle green of the stone drives away dullness". Nero is also said to have worn an emerald as a monocle to strengthen his eyes, and it is even said of Cleopatra that she supported her beauty and youth by wearing emeralds. The emerald was already mentioned in the Bible and was considered in the Revelation of John as the fourth of the twelve foundation stones of the Jerusalem city wall.
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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.