Trilogy from the Vistula Beach
Antique gold ring with sapphire & diamonds, Warsaw circa 1910
The Russian Empire on the threshold of the 20th century: Under the last tsar of the Romanov dynasty, Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, the multi-ethnic state - against all odds - once again experienced a cultural flowering. In the large cities of the huge country, the fabulously rich nobility celebrated in their palaces and Parisian fashion was all the rage when it came to ladies' wardrobes. Artists like Tolstoy, Chekhov and Tchaikovsky created masterpieces that are still the epitome of the Russian soul. This ring also dates from this era, on the eve of the October Revolution. Due to its hallmarking, the piece can be dated to the years around 1910. At the same time, the hallmarking indicates that it was made in the Polish capital of Warsaw, which was one of the most economically developed centres of the Russian Empire at the end of the 19th century. The piece of jewellery follows the type of the so-called trilogy rings (see "Learn more") and presents three sparkling gemstones in its centre. A blue sapphire is accompanied here by two white old-cut diamonds. The diamonds are held in place by a silver band that perfectly accentuates their white color. The ring band is forged from gold with the typical Russian fineness of 56 zolotnik. The elegant asymmetry and vegetal-looking motifs of the jewel show the influence of Art Nouveau, which was also popular in Tsarist Russia at the turn of the last century.
Rings with three gemstones have a very special meaning in the history of jewellery: they are called "trilogy rings" and they convey an idea that has to do with the love of a person: the three gemstones in a ring stand for a shared temporality. The three gemstones symbolically represent and unite the past, present and future in one piece of jewellery. The diamonds as - according to legend - indestructible and thus eternally enduring gemstones additionally stand for the duration of the bond while the blue sapphire symbolizes fidelity.
We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.
You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.
Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.
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.