From Down Under

Vintage 1.43 ct argyle diamond from Australia in gold, created 1992

Each diamond is unique. As dealers in antique and vintage jewels, we know that to be true of antique diamonds that are cut by hand. Yet modern diamonds, too, tell their own stories – especially those in unusual cuts and colours, those worthy of building a jewel around them. A 1.43 ct marquise-cut diamond in a glamorous champagne hue is the focal point of this gold ring. The diamond was mined in Australia's famous Argyle mine, renowned for its coloured diamonds. 90% of the world's pink diamonds as well as those in various shades of gold, cognac and champagne are sourced from the Argyle mine in Western Australia. As the mine is anticipated to close by the end of 2020, Argyle diamonds are becoming ever more sought after. The ring is in perfect condition and comes with the original sales receipt issued by jewellers Linneys of Subiaco, Western Australia in March 1992. In addition, an independent certificate of a renowned gemological laboratory has established a more recent replacement value. Both the receipt as well as the certificate will be delivered with the ring.

Marquise cut gemstones are characterized by a total of 56 facets surrounding a central table. Their arrangement corresponds to that of a classic brilliant-cut diamond. The special thing about this cut is its elongated oval shape, which ends in two points and is somewhat reminiscent of the shape of a ship's hull. In specialist circles, this is why it is sometimes referred to as a small ship. The cut shape began in the 18th century with the first "marquise" diamond at the French court. Inspired by his muse, the Marquise de Pompadour, whom we know from Boucher's fragrant paintings, Louis XV commissioned his gem cutters to cut diamonds that would remind him of the mouth and thus the smile of his beloved. The legendary story already reveals that this cut is something very special - and indeed, the maquis cut is considered very difficult to produce, and a successful stone is always a small feat.

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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.