Victorian Blues

Victorian Entourage Ring with Sapphire, Diamonds and Blue Enamel, England circa 1890

English jewellery of the Victorian era often contains particularly high-quality gemstones. At the latest since Queen Victoria was crowned Empress of India in 1877, the door to the precious gemstones of the Indian subcontinent was opened to the traders of the British Empire. Rubies, sapphires and emeralds as well as large diamonds arrived on the island by sea and were set into wonderful pieces of jewellery by the goldsmiths in London and the other major cities of England. The present ring, which was created in England in the years around 1890, also bears witness to the wealth of Indian treasure troves: a dark blue natural sapphire weighing more than two carats is the starting point of the unusual piece we discovered in London. Following its basic shape, the ring head develops into a large oval in which a total of eight beautiful old-mine-cut diamonds are set. In the spandrels between the gemstones and on the ring shoulders, we see small areas of cornflower-blue enamel that take up the colorfulness of the center stone. The use of enamel is most commonly found in Indian jewellery of the Mughal period and perhaps this ring is reminiscent of the magnificent jewels once created in this colony of the English Crown. Forged from high carat gold, the ring is of the European entourage ring type. An entourage ring (from the French "entourage": company, entourage) is a ring whose center stone is accompanied by a diamond frame. In this case, the classic combination of diamond and sapphire has been chosen for the entourage, two precious stones that enhance each other's effect in their interplay. The precious ring is a piece of jewellery that is perfectly suited as an engagement ring, since the sapphire symbolises fidelity, while diamonds stand for eternity in the language of gemstones.

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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.