Unworn gold peridot and diamond ring from our workshop
Jewellery with peridots is relatively rare today - yet the strong, fresh green of this gemstone is unusually beautiful and the story of this gemstone is worth telling. Peridot first became a much-loved fashion stone in the years around 1890, especially in England. At that time, Egypt was under British rule - and it was there, on St. John's Island in the Red Sea, which is part of Egypt, that the olive-green stone was first discovered and mined. Previously, large peridots had been so rare on the British jewellery market that new creations could only be made using peridots from old pieces of jewellery. The peridot also appeared particularly attractive because, according to old legends, it was the favourite stone of the last pharaoh Cleopatra. This ring from our workshop is a reference to the history of this legendary gemstone. We have chosen for the ring a peridot of about two carats in weight in an emerald cut, which inspires with a magnificent color intensity and beautiful clarity. Twelve 8/8-cut diamonds accompany the center stone on finely stepped ring shoulders. For sustainability, we have crafted the ring using recycled gold and vintage diamonds, so the green gemstone is held by historic material. A fresh, spring-like piece of jewellery for all lovers of strong green.
The main mining area for peridot from ancient times until well into the 20th century was St. John's Island in the Red Sea. The island, also known as Zabargad, is uninhabited and the subject of many myths and legends. The ancient author Pliny the Elder knows it as "Topazos", other authors of antiquity think that wild cavemen live there, defending their treasures against all strangers. Its German name, however, probably comes from the legend of the priest-king John, whose supposed kingdom was known in the Middle Ages, but nobody knew anything about its exact location. The island's mines were exploited in ancient times, but were left open in the 13th century. It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that a European consortium began to mine the stones again. By the end of the century, peridot then became a veritable fashionable stone in Britain. Cf. Arthur Herbert Church, Precious Stones: considered in their scientific and artistic relations. A guide to the Townshend collection. Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1913, p. 109.
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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.