Preciously loaded

Antique gold ring with sapphire & old cut diamonds, England circa 1890

The mystical beauty of exotic gemstones plays an extraordinary role in the motifs of jewellery. Due to Europe's good trade relations with the Middle East and the establishment of almost all European traders in the colonies in Asia, Africa and the Indian subcontinent, the availability of foreign gemstones was already greater than ever before by the middle of the 18th century. Especially works with blue sapphires were extremely popular in all times, as the sapphire was considered and revered as the stone of truth, fidelity, prudence and reason. The large ring here, dating from around 1890, centrally sets a beautiful deep blue sapphire in a faceted cut and embeds it in diamonds in the historic old cut, further emphasizing the esteem in which this blue gemstone is held. The ring itself is shaped like a small boat, in which one might even detect a reference to the gemstones' long journey to us. The total of 22 diamonds are of beautiful quality and appealing size, making the precious loaded shuttle ring on the finger a feast for the eyes.

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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.