A pick-me-up

Precious Entourage Ring with Emerald & Diamonds, 1960s

The beauty and effect of gemstones already occupied the people of antiquity. Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar from Como on the lake of the same name, compiled the knowledge of the time about gemstones in a book in 77 AD. In his famous natural history, the Naturalis Historia, he reports on the emerald: "No color falls more pleasantly on the eyes than that of these gems; we already look with pleasure at the green of herbs and leaves, but we look with still greater pleasure at emeralds, for their green is the most beautiful of all. Moreover, they are the only gems which fill the eyes without saturating them; indeed, when the eyes are weakened by exertions of other kinds, they are strengthened again by gazing upon emeralds [...] for their gentle green dispels the languor of them." (Nat. Hist. 37.16) The ring here, a precious hand-forged piece from the 1960s, sets a natural emerald of intense, warm green color and wonderful vibrancy in a frame of sparkling diamonds. The emerald, a true pick-me-up in Pliny's sense, is very clear and carries few of those natural inclusions that distinguish every emerald and are called "jardin", meaning garden. The quality of the emerald and the eight brilliant-cut diamonds has been independently appraised. The corresponding certificate is supplied with the ring.

The name of the emerald probably comes from the Latin "Smaragdus", which in turn took this name from the Greek "Smaragdos". The emerald was first mined around 1300 BC in Egypt, which dominated the emerald trade in the Mediterranean region for a long time. Only with the conquest of South America by the Spaniards was their trading position broken, since there were also rich emerald deposits there. The emerald is one of the most valuable gemstones and has always had a very high value in many cultures. The ancient Egyptians recognized the healing powers of the emerald early on, especially its effect on the eyes. Pliny the Elder wrote about it in 77 AD: "If the eyes are weakened, they are strengthened again by looking at the emerald. The gentle green of the stone drives away dullness". Nero, for example, is said to have worn an emerald as a monocle to strengthen his eyes, and it is also said of Cleopatra that she supported her beauty and youth by wearing emeralds. The emerald was already mentioned in the Bible and was considered in the Revelation of John as the fourth of the twelve foundation stones of the Jerusalem city wall.

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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.