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Victorian Gold Ring with Rubies & Diamonds, Great Britain circa 1895

Luxury, joie de vivre and the celebration of beauty were the hallmarks of the last years of the 19th century: the Belle Époque revelled in wealth and splendour: the world's most beautiful dancers danced at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the society couples in love met on the Ringstrasse in Vienna, and at the balls in the elegant hotels of the British capital London, the ladies' gowns and diamonds gleamed. The magnificent ring presented here comes from this era of beauty and splendour. The boat-shaped ring head is set with sixteen diamonds in historic cuts. A wonderfully luminous ruby adorns the ring shoulders and the center of the ring head. Alongside the starry white sparkle of the diamonds, the fiery red of the ruby stands out particularly beautifully. Together with the warm glow of the high-carat gold, this creates a harmonious composition. The ring was made in the last years of the 19th century and is in very good condition. It is worked flat, so that it is comfortable to wear. The ring rail with galierie undercrossing is made of high-carat yellow gold and the stones are all set á jour. A magnificent Victorian-era ring, just as attractive today as it was more than 120 years ago.

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. According to tradition, rubies are divine, princely stones. Since their color is reminiscent of blood and blazing fire, their connection to burning love was quite natural. Supposedly they even prevent diseases and give proud, fresh courage. Indian princes therefore even had themselves addressed as "King of Rubies". In contrast to historical rubies, stones mined in recent decades are in almost all cases heat-treated to improve their color, which does not help the price of the stones.

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