We were off Madagascar...

Stunning gentleman's ring with untreated sapphire and diamonds, around 1850

Today the world of jewellery is almost exclusively reserved for the ladies and really good jewellery for the gentleman is very rare to find. How different were the times when the male hand was also adorned by precious stones and precious goldsmith's work and jewels belonged to the equipment of every man of the world. This gold ring from around 1850 bears eloquent witness to this and immediately captivates the observer. Set in high-carat gold, we see an untreated, natural sapphire weighing just under three carats and of very good transparency. It displays an almost hypnotic, strong cornflower blue that intensifies with the incidence of light and is hard to get enough of. Gemstones like this one are absolute lucky finds and a guarantor for good stability of value, since especially sapphires, which are naturally beautiful and not color-enhanced, heated for color intensification or lead-glass-filled, are hardly ever offered in the trade. In order to be sure that the stone is indeed natural, we have had two appraisals done on it and also got to the bottom of the origin of the stone. Surprisingly, our gemstone is an extremely rare sapphire variety from Madagascar. The finding of the investigation is surprising, as the deposits in the Indian Ocean were only discovered on a large scale for the gemstone trade at the end of the 20th century. Especially in the area around the city of Ilakaka, which is now also called the "City of Sapphires", sapphires in very rare colors and purities are mined today as hardly anywhere else in the world. Our sapphire is a very early specimen found in this region, as the solid gold gentleman's ring forged for this gemstone, with its setting of 59 diamonds, dates to the first half of the 19th century. How the sapphire arrived in Germany from Madagascar and which routes it took before a goldsmith set it in solid gold and lined it with diamonds for a dignitary, nobleman or wealthy merchant who is unfortunately unknown to us today is unfortunately lost in the darkness of history. A stunning jewel for the gentleman - an exciting testimony to the jewellery art of the 19th century and evidence of a very early sapphire found in the Indian Ocean.

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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.