Love's sweet kiss

Vintage marquise ring with a 3.00 ct navette shaped diamond, circa 1970

Every diamond has its own history and every lady her own style. When style and history meet, the result is a piece of jewellery that will stand the test of time. The vintage ring we see here is such a piece of jewellery. It was created in the years of the turn of the millennium and it presents an unusual diamond in its center. But what is it about the shape of the diamond? The cut shape with 56 facets corresponds to that of a classic brilliant-cut diamond, but the basic shape is not a circle, but elongated-oval and tapers off to two points. It is called "marquise cut". But why? Inspired by his muse, the Marquise de Pompadour, whom we know from François Boucher's gossamer paintings, Louis XV commissioned his gem cutters to cut a diamond that would evoke his beloved's mouth and thus her smile. 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. The ring here holds a large marquise diamond in high karat white gold. The stone, weighing 3.00 ct, shows up in a slightly warm toned white with very good fire. In the center of the stone lies a bright inclusion. Due to the numerous facets of the stone, it is reflected several times and thus appears larger than it is - yet the goldsmith has managed to set the stone in such a way that this natural inclusion and its reflections lie exactly in the line of the ring rail and are not distracting in the design. Two further trapezoid-cut diamonds occupy the ring shoulders to the right and left of the main stone, further emphasising this axis across the finger. We have had an independent appraisal made for the ring, which has once again confirmed the quality of the diamond. It comes with the romantic ring we discovered in London.

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.

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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.

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