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Glamorous Entourage Ring with Sapphire & Diamonds in White Gold, circa 1970

Just like the currents of art, jewellery fashion always reflects what moves a society. Sometimes it is technical innovations such as the introduction of electric light, which at the end of the 19th century led to a fashion for sparkling diamond jewellery for the evening. Sometimes, however, these themes are also of a substantive nature: In the 1960s, for example, jewellery came into fashion that seemed to be inspired by the race to the moon, by the new space travel devices and the thought of distant galaxies that suddenly no longer seemed quite so unreachable. Cool white metals characterized this fashion, often arranged into abstract, narrow wires. One such piece was the "Cosmos" brooch, which won the Jewel of the Year award in 1967. Icy diamonds, midnight blue sapphires, the self-explanatory moonstones and also opals are found with preference in these pieces of jewellery. This ring is a child of that era and is designed around a large faceted sapphire. The midnight blue gemstone weighs about 1.90 ct and, under a magnifying glass and backlight, shows small inclusions that distinguish it as a natural gemstone. Unusual yet typical of the period is its entourage: 16 diamonds in a pointed oval marquise cut are set all around in claw settings. They are set in a staggered manner to create a crystalline, moving effect, with a different diamond catching the light each time. They are of fine white to white quality with only very small inclusions visible under a magnifying glass. High-carat white gold holds the gemstones. The ring is in very good condition. It is present yet finely and delicately crafted in detail. An independent appraisal by the DEGEB has confirmed the quality of the materials used.

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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.