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Highly refined trilogy ring with untreated ruby & diamonds, circa 1910

A fiery ruby and two large old-cut diamonds are arranged on this ring. Set in a slightly diagonal row, they lie across the ring band and provide the sweeping basic shape of the design. The yellow gold ring band widens in its centre to form two delicate clasps, holding the stones securely in their platinum settings. Eight further old-cut diamonds are set on the curved shoulders. The use of three large stones in this piece makes the ring what is known as a "trilogy ring," which is ideal as an engagement ring. In its three main stones, the shared past, present, and future become symbolically apparent - providing a reference to a life shared and lived together in the future. But the choice of stones also has a symbolic component: The ruby, as a red gemstone with inimitable fire, has always been charged with meaning. Due to its colourfulness, it was already associated with love in classical antiquity and assigned to the goddess Venus, who guides the fate of lovers. The diamond, on the other hand, symbolizes eternity as the hardest of all earthly minerals. The romantic message of eternal love probably once made the ring, made around 1910, a particularly sentimental possession for a lady who associated happy memories with it. With its emphasis on movement and the joy of light, the piece is in keeping with the fashion of the late Art Nouveau period. The ring, which came to us from an estate in southern Germany, is particularly distinguished by its precious ruby. The radiant red gemstone is a natural and untreated ruby, so it has not been heated or irradiated to artificially optimize its color. To ensure this, we have had an independent expert's report prepared, which is included with the purchase.

The combination of ruby & diamond is always particularly beautiful and has even found its way into literature: "The jewellery was a composition of diamonds and rubies and looked as delicate, pure and noble as a medieval work of art set in colors. A true enchantment lay about this intimacy of water-glow and rose-redness distributed in the sensuous figures, which can only be so taken from the thoughts of our ancestors." Adalbert Stifter: Der Nachsommer, 1857

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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.