Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Vintage sapphire diamond ring in white gold, 1970s

The most famous place of origin for blue sapphires is the island of Ceylon, which was only renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, south-east of the Indian subcontinent. Ceylon is considered to be the oldest mining area for these precious gems and according to contemporary reports, the sapphires of Ceylon were already set in jewellery by Greeks and Romans in classical antiquity. Even King Solomon is said to have wooed the legendary Queen of Sheba with sapphires from the area around Rathnapura, which means "City of Gems" in Sinhalese. The exquisite ring here features the classic combination of six white diamonds with a sky blue natural sapphire. Based on its straightforward design and the use of high-carat white gold, we date the ring to around 1975. The stamps inside and the master's mark "HR" reveal that it was made in Germany. The market for natural coloured stones has proved to be a playground for surprises in recent years. Sapphires with expressive color in particular have become so rare that they are counted among the most sought-after goods of all. The natural sapphire here, weighing 4.37 carats, is a particularly lucky find: for it is untreated, that is, its quality has not been altered by man, but only formed by nature. The sapphire is held in place by a split ring band and six fine lobes, which recede to the maximum to let the beauty of the gemstone take precedence. Six small brilliant-cut diamonds set the ring shoulders in delicate arcs and support the blue of the center stone with magnificent reflections of light. The ring band and settings are crafted from high karat white gold, perfectly complementing the overall design of the hand-forged piece that found its way to us from Vienna. We commissioned an appraisal from the German Gemstone Appraisal Society, which comes with the ring. A vintage dream in sky blue and white.

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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.