The colour of hope

Expressive gold ring with green tourmaline, around 1955

Like many pieces of jewellery from the era of the economic miracle, this ring is also indebted to the expressive formal language of the late Art Deco or Retro Style. After the unrestricted dominance of platinum and the preference for white jewellery, yellow gold and gemstones in strong colours were again favoured from the 1940s onwards – a fashion that remained obligatory for some time after the war. The ring is crafted from 14-karat gold and captivates with its dynamically modern design. The yellow gold bar widens towards the top and presents a green tourmaline in a step cut in the centre. The green variety of tourmaline, a gemstone which also occurs in many other colours, is also known as verdelite. Two gold beads and two triangles of white gold further enliven the ring head. The ring is a fine example of how, after the sorrows of the war years, jewellery served to present the new joie de vivre to the outside world as well.

Tourmaline is a gemstone that immediately captivates all gemstone lovers with its diverse play of colors. From blue, to yellow, pink and green, almost all colors occur and its wonderful radiance makes the tourmaline since ancient times to one of the most valued gemstones. The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word thuramali ("තුරමලි") or thoramalli ("තෝරමල්ලි"), which was commonly used for colorful gemstones found in Sri Lanka. For Europe the name was first recorded in writing in 1707, or in 1711 under the name Chrysolithus Turmale. Larger quantities have only been exported from Sri Lanka to Europe since the middle of the 18th century. At that time, the Dutch East India Company practically held a trade monopoly for tourmalines.

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