Sapphire and lace cap

High quality vintage sapphire and diamond ring white gold, 1970s

The most famous place of origin for pale blue sapphires is the island of Ceylon, which was only renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, south-east of the Indian subcontinent. Ceylon is considered to be the oldest mining area for these precious gemstones and according to contemporary reports, the sapphires of Ceylon were already set into jewellery by Greeks and Romans in classical antiquity. Even King Solomon is said to have wooed the hand of the Queen of Sheba with just those sapphires from the surroundings of the city of Rathnapura, which means "city of gems". This hand-forged ring features the classic combination of individually cut diamonds of very good color quality with a natural and untreated sapphire weighing approximately 8.0 carats. Sapphires with expressive color without artificial after-treatment have become so rare that they are counted among the most sought-after gems of all at the gemstone fairs of this world. Stones such as this unfired sapphire are sought-after jewels of a kind that can hardly be found today, because most sapphires that come onto the market today are either heated to improve their color, filled with leaded glass to conceal cracks, or irradiated to intensify their color. The ring from the 1970s has a total of 32 small diamonds with a total weight of about 0.66 carats around its wonderful sapphire. While the sapphire rests centrally and slightly elevated in a simple bezel setting, the diamonds are set in a structure of delicate struts that almost appears to be made of lace. Thus, the ring has many beautiful details that make it all-view pretty. A workshop mark inside the ring's band reveals that it was made in a German goldsmith's workshop. The ring band and settings are forged from 18-karat white gold, and together with the fine trim, they exhibit a great level of luxury: Exquisite materials, beautiful fittings and the best craftsmanship result in a magnificent piece of jewellery with a certain timelessness. To ensure that the gemstone in our ring is an untreated sapphire, we have commissioned an appraisal from the German Society for Gemstone Appraisal in Idar-Oberstein; it is supplied with the ring.

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You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

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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.