From sea and earth
Antique ring with natural pearl and old cut diamonds, Germany circa 1910
With the invention of gaslight and then electric light at the end of the 19th century, glistening brightness suddenly filled the ballrooms of Europe. No more dark, yellow candlelight, but the white glow of hundreds of lamps made the ladies' jewellery shine and glitter as never before. It is no wonder that a new fashion emerged as a result of these developments: white jewels made of diamonds and silver responded to the new lighting conditions and replaced the previous more colourful designs. In general, jewellery was increasingly richly set with sparkling gems to create an ever more luxurious and rich appearance. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. We see a particularly impressive example of this fashion here. The ring of the years around 1910 carries a precious orient pearl. Two large brilliant-cut diamonds are set against the pearl as sparkling protaginists; 10 smaller old-cut brilliant-cut diamonds surround the arrangement and radiate the small natural wonder of the pearl. The settings of the stones are made of platinum, typical of the time, which wonderfully enhances the radiance of the diamonds with its cool colour. This unusually rich and large ring lives entirely from the natural beauty of its precious materials and combines the precious treasure of the sea with the treasures of the earth in a harmonious design.
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 had been assembled. The magic that emanates from natural pearls can hardly be 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.