Green fire

Vintage gold ring with emerald & diamonds, around 2000

The attraction of precious gemstones has existed since time immemorial. Rare minerals in colours rarely found on earth have always been coveted and highly traded. No portrait of a ruler is conceivable without radiant jewels, no film diva is conceivable without radiant jewellery. A wonderfully intense green, which appears as if animated by an inner fire, characterizes the emerald in the center of this ring. Emerald, the green variety of beryl, is one of the "big four" gemstones, together with ruby, sapphire and diamond. Its incomparable play of colour, however, makes it something very special even in this illustrious group. Our stone has a weight of 2.60 carats and shows a bright grass green, which makes it especially precious. Four side lobes hold the octagonal staircase cut gemstone and raise it above the ring rail. This allows light to enter the stone from all sides. The ring rail is crafted from high-carat yellow gold. On either side of the centre stone, five diamond baguettes give the piece of jewellery a modern look. An independent appraisal confirms the quality of the gemstones in the ring, which was manufactured in the years around 2000. Exquisite materials and perfect workmanship create a vintage piece of jewellery of particular finesse - a true feast for the senses.

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, 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.

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