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Precious antique diamond ring in platinum & gold, circa 1910
This precious ring presents two diamonds that could not be more different - and yet complement each other wonderfully. On the one hand, we see a round old-cut diamond of 0.66 ct. It shines in a very fine white and is very pure. Opposite it is a second diamond weighing 1.03 ct. It is cut in a rectangular emerald cut and shows a warm medium brown. Small inclusions run through its interior and can be seen under a magnifying glass as a cloud-like structure at the edge of the stone. The shape, color, clarity and weight of the two gemstones are completely individual and distinctive. And yet both are diamonds and united in one piece of jewelry. It was no coincidence that rings like this were considered symbols of love at the beginning of the 20th century. The two main stones were understood as a reference to the partners in a relationship, who were united in a love and yet remained recognizable as individuals to those around them. The ring was created in the last years of the Belle Époque just before the First World War. It is made of high karat gold with a platinum face. Small diamonds accompany the large stones and add further small highlights. When viewed from above, the ring appears white, elegant, delicate and cool, in keeping with the fashion of the time. At the same time, it retains a certain warmth that is revealed in the side view, as well as in the beautiful detail that the warm brown shining diamond is set in yellow gold, which subtly enhances its brilliance. We discovered the ring in Hamburg. We immediately liked its beautiful, reduced and finely tuned colour tone. An independent appraisal of the ring's materials comes with the piece.
White jewels, i.e. pieces of jewellery in white, celebrate light. The innovation of the electric light bulb turned night into day at the end of the 19th century. Consequently, jewellery could now shine in the evening as never before. At the grand balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. When, at the beginning of the 20th century, platinum and finally white gold found their way into the jewellers' shop windows, this white brilliance was complete and the night was turned into day.
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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.