Gift for a young love
Precious ruby ring of the Art Déco with diamonds in platinum, around 1925
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 is forged from platinum and was created in Germany in the years around 1930. Art Deco fashion loved clean designs in cool colors, and platinum and diamonds were the most popular materials, often combined with a choice colored stone. This is also the case here: The precious, untreated ruby weighing nearly one carat is set in the center of the design along with a beautiful old-cut diamond, the two main stones arranged slightly diagonally to each other. Fine sawn details and millegrains frame the dynamic design of the showpiece, which is executed like a shield with stepped short sides, breathing the spirit of Art Deco in every millimeter. Twenty-one smaller diamonds in a variety of vintage cuts set every possible spot, adding sparkle to the piece. The ring band, also made of platinum, is smoothly polished and makes the arrangement of gemstones seem to float on the finger. The ring with its precious natural ruby, which has not been subjected to any heat treatment and whose purity and colour are completely natural, corresponds to the type of so-called "Toi et Moi" ring. In this type of ring, two gemstones of approximately the same size face each other and form a unit which, in a figurative sense, stands for the connection between the giver and the wearer of the ring. A wearable "you and me" in ring form! The ring is in very good condition and comes with a detailed appraisal from DeGEB.
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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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.