Victorian Revival

Victorian gold ring with emerald & diamonds, circa 2000

The sensibilities, desires and dreams of a society can be read not only from the most modern phenomena - but also precisely from which past epochs of history come into interest anew and are interpreted for the present. Around 1800, for example, stylistic elements of classical antiquity embodied Enlightenment ideals such as education, freedom and rationality throughout Europe. Then, around the middle of the century, during the reign of the French Emperor Napoleon III, buildings, furniture, and ornaments in the style of the late 18th century harked back to the pre-revolutionary period, creating an idea of continuity. In the last third of the 20th century, jewellery in the style of the Victorian era followed a similar pattern. They countered the cool postmodernism, which deliberately avoided ornamentation, with a warm, nostalgic note. This emerald ring was created as a reminiscence of this era. Although it was cast from an original piece of jewellery of the time, it also takes into account the conventions of the present day: whereas back then the central emerald would have been surrounded by pearls, here it is diamonds that frame the green gemstone. As a homage to the past, some of the diamonds are from older stock that was already cut at the turn of the century. The ring is in very good condition. We were able to discover it in London, where it was probably made.

"We already look with pleasure at the green of herbs and leaves. But we still prefer to look at emeralds, for their green is the most beautiful of all. Moreover, they are the only gems which fill the eyes without saturating them; indeed, when the eyes are weakened by exertions of other kinds, they are strengthened again by gazing upon emeralds [...] for their gentle green dispels the languor of them." (Nat. Hist. 37.16) The beauty and effect of gemstones already preoccupied the people of antiquity. The quotation reproduced here is from Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar from Como. In the year 77 A.D. he compiled the knowledge about nature of that time in a work, the Naturalis Historia or Natural History.

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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.