Prima ballerina

Moonlight ballerina ring with sapphire & 2.59 ct diamonds, 1960s

The 1960s saw the emergence of a new form of the classic entourage ring, that is, the ring shape in which a large central stone is framed by a wreath of diamonds. These new rings were called ballerina rings, because the surrounding diamonds were no longer just brilliant-cut diamonds, but fine rods 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 that Degas was so fond of painting, for example in the 1878 painting L'Étoile. We have such a ring here as well. On an airy under-cadence of white gold bars sits a halo of trapezoidal and marquise-shaped diamonds, dynamically staggered in height. All of the diamonds used here are of exquisite quality with very good clarity and shine in brilliant white. The focal point of the ring, however, is a wonderful natural sapphire of 2.80 ct, whose intense blue colour is subtly graded by the facets. With every movement of the ring, the light plays in the stone, bringing out new mysterious shades of blue. And with every movement, the diamonds ignite a wonderful fire that swirls around the sapphire like a light tutu. An independent laboratory report has confirmed the quality of the gemstones. Thus, the ring is not only enchantingly beautiful, but also an investment. We discovered the ring in Franconia. According to its hallmark, it was made in Germany.

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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.