Sparkling lemon ice cream

Spectacular 10.05 ct diamond solitaire in white gold ring, circa 1980

This ring seduces you to dream. Its bright fire is spectacular: flashes of light emanate from it and bring to mind the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival, the Opera Ball in Vienna or a fashion show in Paris. The central, large diamond solitaire emits countless points of light, in all the colours of the rainbow, bright as the sun hits it. Many antique and vintage pieces of jewelry tell stories, tell of their history or who once wore them. Far fewer pieces of jewelry appeal not only to the mind, but to the senses at the same time. Following the fire of the diamond in our ring triggers pure joy. It is a real happiness to move the ring in the light and to see its sparks sparkle as they travel and vibrate on all the surfaces around. The ring sets three diamonds in high karat white gold. Two diamonds are cut into drops and accompany the center stone at the ring shoulders. Together, they weigh approximately 1.46 carats. The drops sparkle white in the light (Wesselton, G), as does the white gold itself from which the ring is forged. The large brilliant-cut diamond in the center of the ring weighs more than ten carats (10.05 ct, 14.4 mm in diameter). But its color is not pure white, but a bright, natural yellow. Thus the stone glows like delicious lemon ice cream: a summer greeting of captured sunlight. We discovered the ring in Great Britain. However, it was probably made in Germany, possibly in Cologne, as the goldsmith's hallmark suggests. An independent appraisal of the quality of the diamonds is included with the RIig.

In ancient times, diamonds were valued primarily for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the widespread table cuts only brought out the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century. The nobility of the Baroque period developed a taste for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose many facets reflected candlelight beautifully, were particularly popular. In the middle of the century, a first, early brilliant cut developed, called the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown of 17 facets. By the end of the century, these diamonds were then replaced by a new shape, named the Peruzzi cut after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gem cutter from Venice, who increased the crown of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33, thus increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early brilliant diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be preserved. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full-cut diamonds, but it would take several more generations of continuous development of the cutting technique before the Old Mine Cut became the Old European Cut, and finally, in the 1940s, the modern full cut.

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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.

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