Moon landing

Large Statement Ring with Moonstone & Diamonds in Gold, circa 1970

Moonstones are named after their bluish-white color and their shimmer, which remind of the glow of the earth's satellite. Depending on the incidence of light, the surface of the moonstone appears to change. This effect, called adularescence, is due to the lamellar crystal structure inside the stones and means that no two are alike. Moonstone was first favoured by fashion in the years around 1900, when delicate and ethereal, almost rapturous creations were in demand. Its never quite graspable colour between white, grey and blue and its unearthly seeming shimmer made it particularly attractive for the designers of that time. The present ring stands in contrast to these ideals of the turn of the century: It is present and expressive, strong and massive, clear and abstract. And yet, here too, the moonstone is a cleverly chosen gemstone not only aesthetically but also in terms of content, for the ring dates from the years of the "Space Race", the race into space that culminated in the moon landing in 1969. Jewelry of those years is often futuristic, alluding in various ways to the interests and circumstances of its time of creation: Not for nothing did a brooch called "Cosmos" win the Jewel of the Year award in 1967. The moonstone in a particularly high cabochon cut seems to glow from within itself and appears bluish or white-grey depending on the incidence of light. Seen from above, a bright stripe glides across it, reminiscent of the optical effect of a cat's eye. The contrast of the clearly designed yet powerful yellow gold setting is extremely effective in this regard. A row of white brilliant-cut diamonds frames the large cabochon on each long side. The solid ring is in very good condition and is a high quality handmade piece from the years of the moon landing. It was made in Germany and is an unusual as well as expressive accessory that found its way to us here in Berlin.

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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.