Beautiful from all sides

Vintage memory ring with 1.40 ct diamonds in gold, circa 2000 (RW 51)

Every era and every fashion has its own preferred materials and material combinations. Diamonds, for example, were mostly set in silver in the 19th century, then in platinum and white gold at the turn of the century and also in Art Deco, as people loved pieces of jewellery that shone pure white. In the late 19th century, however, and also in the 1930s, yellow gold was "in" and diamond jewellery was also made from this warmly shining metal. The diamond was often combined with large coloured stones to create the most colourful picture possible. In recent decades, especially since the 1980s, warm gold tones such as rose gold and yellow gold have come back into fashion, also in combination with diamonds. But unlike in the past, these are not necessarily also combined with intensely luminous coloured stones, instead concentrating on the contrast between white and gold and thus playing it to the full: As in the memory ring here, which is made of high-carat yellow gold and sets magnificent white diamonds. A total of 1.40 ct are set here. Each stone is set individually by a simple frame, creating a glittering round dance around the finger. From every angle, the memory ring glows in the light of its diamonds. It was created in the years around 2000 and is beautifully preserved.

Memory rings (also known as "memoire rings") are particularly symbolic pieces of jewellery whose band is set with gemstones of the same size. The band is often decorated with stones all around, but there are also models in which the stringing of gemstones is limited to the upper part of the ring. The name can be explained by the fact that each individual gemstone should stand for a certain beautiful experience of the owner, which is thus kept alive in the memory. Memory rings are also often used as engagement or wedding rings. In this case, the term "eternity ring" is also commonly used. The form of the memory ring already existed in ancient Egypt. As early as the 2nd millennium BC there are finds of metal rings surrounded by a continuous row of precious stones. In a special variant, the ring rail of the memory ring was formed in the Egyptian advanced civilization in the style of a coiled snake - a symbol of infinity.

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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.