The celebration of light

Large Belle Époque diamond ring in platinum, Germany circa 1910

Antique jewellery is often not only beautiful, but in many cases also tells us something about its time of origin: for example, the use of precious gemstones was often not only a fashion trend that points through the looking glass of history to newly opened mines and trade routes, but can also be understood as a response to the lighting conditions of the time. In the 18th century, for example, people celebrated in the flickering, moody light of hundreds of candles, which is why diamonds did not have to be particularly pure to develop their effect. In fact, so-called "brilliant" steel - "cut steel" or in the jargon of the time acier travaillé - was just as fashionable and was highly prized, because it too shimmered in the candlelight almost like expensive diamonds. With the introduction of electric light, however, jewelry changed. Diamonds had to be purer and sparkle more brilliantly - refined cuts such as the round Old European Cut allowed a higher refraction of light. Eleven of these stones can also be seen in the centre of this ring from around 1910, set in bright platinum, from which the ring was forged. This precious metal was also an innovation of the time and allowed goldsmiths to create finer, more delicate and brighter jewels. Thus, our ring features fine shadow gaps and delicate millegrain detailing that create additional light reflections. The large old-cut diamonds used here show off their wonderful quality. All stones are fine white to white and thus graduated with the color grades Top Wesselton and Wesselton. They show only small inclusions. Particularly noteworthy is the center stone weighing more than one carat and displaying wonderful brilliance, while its four large companions together account for about 2.40ct in weight. Thus, a total of about 3.93 ct of fine diamonds have come together on the slightly domed ring head. The ring is excellently preserved and a particularly fine, detailed example of festive evening jewellery of the period around 1910. It comes with a detailed appraisal from the German Society for Gemstone Valuation and found its way to us here in Berlin.

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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.