Stylish and classic
Large vintage gold & lapis lazuli men's ring, circa 1950
Gold and lapis lazuli are a classic combination that is especially popular as jewellery for men. The present antique ring is such a men's jewelry of timeless design. The ring is forged from 8-karat gold and presents a disc of polished lapis lazuli, the color of which harmonizes beautifully with the gold tone of the setting. The intense, dark blue color of the stone is especially beautiful, shining like a cloudless night sky. Lapis lazuli is also a particularly suitable stone for intaglios, and so a skilled lapidary can engrave a crest or monogram into it - however, the stone is also beautiful and decorative in its undecorated form. A plain setting of yellow gold holds the blue stone and leads to the wide rail of rose gold, whose shape is still very much in the tradition of late Art Deco. The ring was created in the years around 1950 and found its way to us here in Berlin. A high-quality and stylish piece of jewelry for the man of the world or the lady who likes it a bit more rustic.
Lapis Lazuli has been prized for its unique color since ancient times. The stone, mined in the mountains of Afghanistan since ancient times, is used not only for jewellery, but at least as often ground up as a precious painting pigment. Artists such as Giotto and Michelangelo used Lapis Lazuli for their incomparable masterpieces, the blue of which inspires with its fresh luminosity after centuries. Michael Baxandall, in his famous book "The Reality of Images. Painting and Experience in Renaissance Italy," described how in Renaissance Florence artists and patrons had detailed contracts stipulate how much lapis pigment should be used for, say, the mantle of the Madonna in a fresco. Because the pigment was so extraordinarily expensive, its purchase represented a large part of the expense for the work, sometimes costing more than the artist received for his work. The color came to Europe primarily through Venice, where it was known as "azurro ultramarine" - "the blue from beyond the sea." Even today, the name ultramarine blue is derived from this designation.
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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.