The Blue Lagoon

Great Vintage Cocktail Ring With Untreated Sapphire & Diamonds, Circa 1970

Cocktail rings were once considered rebellious because they made a clear statement: In the 1920s, ladies in the USA wore these large pieces of jewellery to parties where alcohol was served despite Prohibition, often disguised in colourful cocktails. Prominently placed on the index finger of the left hand, the message was clear: Look, I have fun in life and know how to enjoy! Today there are no more illegal cocktail parties, at least not for adults, but "statement pieces" are still big cocktail rings today - because with their often lush trimming they stand for a good-humoured luxury. Today they are not only worn on festive occasions like on the red carpets, galas or award ceremonies, where it glitters and sparkles on the fingers of the prominent and rich ladies, but whenever you feel like it! A stunningly beautiful, untreated sapphire (no heat!) of approximately 16.0 carats forms the focal point of this cocktail ring. The ring, which came to us from Lake Constance, gathers around the faceted, gorgeously blue gemstone no less than eighteen radiant white diamonds weighing a combined total of about 1.62 carats. They are set in fine white gold in the classic style of the years around 1970; the design language is modern and geometric, elegant and clear. The sapphire in this ring is truly exceptional. Not only its size, but also its colour are rare and sought after and it is a stone of great transparency. Most importantly, it is not treated to enhance colour or clarity, it is a completely natural gemstone. Only some rutile needles provide slight inclusions that shimmer silky depending on the light. The diamonds are set in airy coronet settings, which enhances their sparkle with more incident light. The brilliance of the large ring head is thus elegantly structured and at the same time nobilized by the austerity of the form. The ring comes with a detailed certificate from the German Society for Gemstone Appraisal Idar-Oberstein.

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 shone in new luxury, and not least jewellery and watches served to visibly show 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, as it had been developed since the 1920s and continued to determine 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 picture.

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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.