Where there's smoke, there's fire

Glamorous vintage gold ring with smoky quartz, around 1960

The first years of the young Federal Republic experienced a previously unseen increase in wealth and quality of life with the economic miracle. After the sorrows of the war years, the displays of the shops suddenly shone with a new luxury. Jewellery and watches served not least to visibly display the new joie de vivre to the outside world. The style of the jewellery of these years was often oriented towards the late Art Déco, the so-called Retro Style, as it had been developed since the 1930s and continued to dominate the designs of the large goldsmith companies, especially in the USA and France: rich furnishings, clear geometries and an exuberant sparkle of high-quality gemstones determined the image. This ring in a glamorous design of the years around 1960 presents a grey-brown smoky quartz of impressive size. Shaped similar to a diamond, the stone delights with its numerous facets and its outer border in the form of a many-pointed star. What is also unusual about the cut is that the facets on the underside are also angled inwards. Thus, a particularly diverse play of light reflections shines through the central panel. The gemstone is set in an expressively designed gold setting of the economic miracle era, which is reminiscent of a crown with openings and optimally presents the stone. The rich gold of the ring ideally complements the colour of the smoky quartz.

Quartz is a mineral that occurs in many color varieties. Pure quartz, which is completely transparent and colorless, is called rock crystal. Through embedded iron ions, the quartz can show a violet coloration: Then it is called amethyst. But also the yellow to orange-brown colored citrine, the leek-green prasiolite and the brown-gray smoky quartz (morion) belong to the popular forms of quartz as gemstones. Nevertheless, only a few of the mined quartz can be used as gemstones. Due to microscopic inclusions of liquids and gases, quartz is often milky and cloudy (milk quartz) and appears grey when grown into the rock.

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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.