Prima Ballerina

Elegant Ballerina Ring With Natural Ruby & Diamonds, USA, 1960s

In the 1960s, a new form of the classic entourage ring emerged, that is, the ring shape in which a large central stone is framed by a halo of diamonds. These new rings were called ballerina rings, because the surrounding diamonds were not round brilliant cut diamonds, but rectangular baguette cut diamonds. In their arrangement, they were reminiscent of the folds of a fanned-out tutu seen from above: as if one were looking out of an opera box at the ballerinas, as Degas was so fond of painting them, for example in the painting L'Étoile from 1878. We also have such a ring here, which was made in the United States. On an airy gallery of white gold bars sits a halo of trapezoidal diamonds, dynamically offset in height. Four brilliant cut diamonds are set between them, accentuating the cross-shaped arrangement. The diamonds used here are of exquisite quality with very beautiful clarity and shine in brilliant white. The centre of the ring, however, is a high-quality ruby weighing approximately 2.00 ct, whose fiery red colour is subtly graded by the facets. The ruby is a natural gemstone: this is not a matter of course, because for more than a century, so-called Verneuil syntheses have been produced, i.e. artificial rubies that have been created in the laboratory. However, the fact that this ruby was created in a natural way is also proven by an independent laboratory certificate. Thus, it is not only a decorative centerpiece of a precious ring, but also a valuable investment. In the midst of the playful yet graphic ballerina setting, the precious gemstone is shown off to its best advantage.

The ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum. Corundum can be found in almost all colours of the rainbow, even completely colourless stones are among them. But while all these stones can also be addressed as sapphires, only the magnificently red stones of this mineral genus are rubies. Among the coloured stones, the ruby is by far the most valuable stone; only particularly high-quality pink, blue or green diamonds fetch higher prices today. Throughout history, the best rubies have always been mined in Burma, around the city of Mogok. They are characterized by an intense pink-red colour, also known as "pigeon's blood". The best stones seem to glow as if from an inner fire, which is best visible in daylight: stones that still shine fantastically red in artificial light can appear washed out under the sun. According to tradition, rubies are divine, princely stones. Since their colour is reminiscent of blood and blazing fire, their connection to burning love was quite natural. Supposedly they even prevent diseases and give proud, fresh courage. Indian princes therefore even had themselves addressed as "King of Rubies".

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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.