A sea flower
Antique daisy ring with old cut diamonds & pearl, circa 1910
The second volume of the "Bildungsbibliothek für Teutschlands Töchter", published in Augsburg in 1834, contains a chapter on the so-called language of flowers. This flower language was one of the common means of non-verbal communication in the Biedermeier era and much of it has survived in proverbs and idioms. At the time, young lovers in particular could not clearly express what they were thinking, and could not clearly express their affection and dislike verbally. Flower language therefore became an important means of communication without words. Under the keyword "daisy", the meaning of this flower can now also be read in the volume. The meadow plant stands for gentleness, joyful youth, pure and quiet joy, as well as for modesty and love. The fine ring of the beginning of the 20th century, which we have discovered here in Berlin, is designed entirely in this sense. A fine cultured pearl, probably replacing an older natural pearl, is surrounded by a frame of ten old-cut diamonds. The diamonds, with a total weight of about 0.60 ct, surround the rosy shimmering Japanese Akoya pearl like the leaves of a daisy. Their multifaceted sparkle is reflected in the pearl's soft luster. The stones are set a-jour in platinum, which wonderfully enhances the radiance of the diamonds. This sumptuously appointed ring thrives on the beauty of its precious materials, combining the treasures of the sea with the treasures from the depths of the earth in a harmonious design. Spoken in the language of flowers, it is a wonderful gift of love that we discovered in London.
Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe. The value of natural pearls compared to cultured pearls is obvious - just like natural gemstones, they are small natural wonders. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as that of diamonds of the same size, and pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually for reasons of cost and collected until a strand was assembled. The magic of natural pearls is hard to put into words, as each natural pearl is different from the next and has its own luster, structure and shine. They are always wonderful unique specimens of nature - which are hard to find today.
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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.