A blossom that unites generations
Unique daisy ring with antique diamonds, around 1950
The Belle Époque, the "beautiful era", was abruptly interrupted by two wars with only short intervening years - and so it is no wonder that in the post-war years jewellery was often still being produced that followed the ideals of the early 20th century in its colour and design. The present ring is a fine example of such jewelry, whose forms were still beloved several decades later. It is a so-called daisy ring, the ring head of which features diamonds arranged in the shape of a daisy. Their old cut reveals that antique diamonds were reused for this ring, presumably from another piece of jewellery, while the structure of the ring suggests that it was created in the post-war period. The principle of reusing old gemstones is something we observe regularly in antique pieces, as precious gemstones have been reused in more modern settings throughout jewelry history when fashions changed or when bad times made access to new gemstones difficult and the need for a new piece of jewelry arose. In times of scarcity, it was not uncommon for a grandmother's brooch to be used to create an engagement ring. With its precious arrangement of eight rose-cut diamonds around a central old-cut diamond of about 0.60 carat, the ring is a beautiful, playful alternative to the classic diamond solitaire as an engagement ring. Already a classic in its time of origin, today it is a timeless piece of jewellery that will not go out of fashion in years to come. The ring can also be worn daily due to its closed settings.
The shape of the diamond has evolved over many centuries. For a long time it was technically impossible to change the raw crystal more than rudimentary, because the diamond is so extraordinarily hard. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was then possible to extract more and more facets from the crystal, and in the course of the 19th century, the cuts came closer and closer to the shape that we know today as the brilliant. It was not until 1919, however, that Marcel Tolkowsky calculated the ideal shape of the brilliant on an optical-physical basis; the exact shape, which is the standard in Germany today, the so-called fine cut of the practice, was not even determined until 1938. The shape of the modern brilliant-cut diamond really became established after the war.
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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.