Pretty in Pink

Luxurious ruby ring with diamonds in gold, around 1990

According to tradition, rubies are divine, princely stones. Their color is reminiscent of blood and burning fire, which naturally gave rise to the connection with burning love. Supposedly, they prevent disease and give proud, fresh courage. Above all, they are the stones of kings, adorning the most magnificent crowns, and in ancient India it was part of the title of princes to be "King of Rubies". In this ring 39 of these precious stones are set. A particularly beautiful ruby is set in the center of the ring head. The stone is cut as an oval cabochon and shines wonderfully in a strong pink-red color. 38 smaller rubies set the conically rising ring head and give the piece of jewellery a fiery appearance. On the shoulders, two stripes of brilliant cut diamonds set a sparkling white contrast. The gemstones are held in settings of high-carat yellow gold that perfectly match their play of colour. The magnificent goldsmith's work was created in the years around 1990 and bears witness to the preference of that time for massive, magnificent designs. The shape is compact and therefore powerful. The ring encloses the finger as a wide band and then presents the large ruby, high above the finger, as the precious jewel that it is. The noble vintage piece came to us from Hamburg. We commissioned an appraisal from the German Society for Gemstone Appraisal in Idar-Oberstein and the experts came to a value of 11,700 euros for our piece of jewellery. A nice opportunity to get into the possession of a real jewel!

The ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum. Corundum can be found in almost all colors of the rainbow, even completely colorless stones are among them. But while all these stones can also be addressed as sapphires, only the magnificently red stones of this mineral genus are rubies. Among the coloured stones, the ruby is by far the most valuable stone; only particularly high-quality pink, blue or green diamonds fetch higher prices today. Throughout history, the best rubies have always been mined in Burma, around the city of Mogok. They are characterized by an intense pink-red color, also known as "pigeon's blood". The best stones seem to glow as if from an inner fire, which is best visible in daylight: stones that still shine fantastically red in artificial light can appear washed out under the sun.

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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.