The gift of love

Antique ruby ring of the Art Déco with diamonds in platinum, around 1920

Each gemstone has been given a typical meaning in the history of jewellery, which can help with the difficulty of choosing a piece of jewellery. In the fashion magazine "Der Bazaar", which was extraordinarily successful in the late 19th century, we read, for example, about rubies: "Rubies are especially suitable for young lovers [...] In general, it is considered the symbol of the most passionate and ardent love, the pearl, on the other hand, that of purity of soul." (November 1886). So the ring here could make a wonderful first love gift! The ring in question, which is exceptionally finely crafted, is forged from platinum and was created in the years around 1920. The jewellery fashion of the first decades of the 20th century loved the highest quality materials and precious gemstones as well as platinum, which could be forged into the most filigree designs. This material alone allowed designs of unprecedented precision. Rare coloured stones were often the protagonists of these jewels and always in combination with sparkling diamonds. This is also the case here: A precious, untreated ruby of wonderfully intense color shows up in an oval facet cut and is set in the center of the design. The ring head is slightly domed and offers space for a total of 30 diamonds set close together as a fine pavée. Delicate shadow gaps divide the diamond surfaces into subtle arcs, giving the ring a light, floral feel. Every millimetre of the ring's structure is thoughtfully designed, its undercrossing finely engraved and openworked. It reveals details that only the wearer of the piece can see. To ensure that the ruby is an untreated gemstone, we sent it to the German Gemstone Appraisal Society, who prepared a detailed appraisal report on it. It will be included with the purchase of the exqisite ring.

Rubies have an extraordinary significance in the world of jewellery: today, its luminous colour is often associated with love and passion, but in the past, many cultures attributed further, mystical powers to the stone. In Hinduism, for example, the ruby was considered the "king of all gems" or "Ratnaraj" in Sanskrit. Believers assumed that sacrificing rubies to Krishna would allow them to be reborn as emperors. Moreover, rubies were divided into castes according to their quality: The most valuable rubies were called "Brahmins" and supposedly conferred their owner security in all circumstances. Similarly, in China, a person's social rank could be deduced from the color of the ruby on their ring. In Myanmar, formerly Burma, the classic location of precious rubies in the first place, warriors believed that the gem would give them invincibility on the battlefield. But merely wearing a ruby was not enough: The stones had to be implanted in the skin of their owners in a very real way. For once the stone was part of the human body, its fire could pass to it and strengthen its owner's life force. Finally, in Christianity, rubies were seen as a symbol of the blood of the Savior. The gemstone is mentioned several times in the Bible in relation to themes of wisdom and beauty, again giving the ruby a religious dimension. It is no wonder, then, that European monarchs also often enjoyed wearing rubies. Across all cultures, the ruby is thus a timeless symbol of passion, courage, wealth, power and loyalty.

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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.

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