La Esmeralda

Luxurious Entourage Ring with Emerald & Diamonds, circa 1970

The name Esmeralda comes from Spanish and means emerald, or gemstone in general. The stone has been so highly prized there for centuries that Esmeralda has become a popular female name, representing grace and beauty. Thus, in his famous novel about the "Hunchback of Notre-Dame", Victor Hugo created a literary monument to the beautiful gypsy La Esmeralda. The vintage ring here, a jewel of the years around 1970, sets such a first-class emerald. The round star cut stone draws us in like light to its interior. Above all, its stunning, intense green color delights. A slight so-called "jardin", fine crystal inclusions, is visible and show the naturalness of the stone. The emerald, with the colour of a tropical noon, is framed by a double entourage of twenty-four pure white diamonds of very good quality. Their white fire competes with the emerald, highlighting the intense green of the emerald. The settings and ring band are forged from high-carat white gold. The round, three-tiered ring head gives the emerald plenty of room to shine. At the same time, the latticed gallery also allows light to enter the stones from below, creating a first-rate play of color and fire. We had the quality of the emerald examined by an independent laboratory in Idar-Oberstein. The certificate shown here, which confirms the materials and value of the ring, is included with the piece. The ring is in first class condition - a real jewel with class!

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, since 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.