Les Jardins de la Suisse
Precious emerald ring with diamonds in platinum, Art Deco circa 1930
A very special magic emanates from a high-quality coloured gemstone: For the intense colour of light, the brilliance and depth with which natural gemstones seduce us, all these impressions cannot be compared with other materials and are always quite individual. This ring, created in the 1930s, presents such a wonderful gemstone at its centre with its large, intense green emerald. The cabochon-cut stone is held by a powerful setting of platinum and is surprisingly clear, intense and translucent. Only a few inclusions that shimmer crystalline in the light enrich its appearance. They form the so-called "jardin" (jardin = French for garden). If you tilt the ring slightly to the side, they shine inside the stone. In places they come right up to the surface of the tablet, in other places they draw the eye into the stone. It is as if one were looking from a clearing into a beckoning thicket. A total of 14 white old-cut diamonds form a dignified frame for the precious stone. The setting presents the diamonds like petals of a rare flower. Its details, the shape of the brilliant cuts and the use of platinum show that it was created in the years around 1930. The ring came to us from Zurich. In order to have the quality of the emerald and the other materials of the ring independently verified, we took the piece of jewellery to a renowned gemmological laboratory in Idar-Oberstein. The certificate produced there is supplied with the ring and proves the natural origin of the emerald and the diamonds.
The name of the emerald probably comes from the Latin "Smaragdus", which in turn is taken 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, as 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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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.