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Vintage memory ring with sapphires in white gold, 1990s (RW 54)

Memory rings (also known as "memoire rings") are particularly touching pieces of jewellery, the round of which is set with precious stones, usually of the same type and size. The name can be explained by the fact that each individual gemstone is supposed to stand for a certain beautiful experience of the owner, which is thus kept alive in the memory. Memory rings are often used as engagement or wedding rings. In this case, the alternative designation "Eternity Ring" is also common. However, this high-quality ring from the last years of the 20th century is different from its classic brothers. It differs in the choice of its setting: instead of white diamonds, we see blue sapphires in the caré cut, which form a sparkling row in deep blue. In the language of gemstones, the sapphire has stood for fidelity since time immemorial. The ring is thus a romantic promise of fidelity. It is forged from white gold and beautifully preserved.

In the years shortly before 1890 there was a true revolution in the field of jewellery. The excess of historicism in form and colour appeared to be no longer in keeping with the times throughout Europe. Increasing mechanization, also in jewelry making, had repeated the same forms over and over again until they had finally become interchangeable and arbitrary. The jewellers feared for their existence: jewellery sales were declining rapidly, a new fashion was not in sight! At the beginning of the new decade the crisis was overcome. White jewels were the solution, and they quickly caught on. Instead of many poorly combinable pieces of jewellery, ladies now concentrated on a few, but all the more high-quality objects. They were united by their common colour: white diamonds and pearls shone in settings of silver, later platinum and white gold. The designs are filigree and completely restrained in their formal language. Leaves, tendrils and light geometric shapes suddenly dominated the picture, which until just now had been populated by putti in large numbers. The ring presented here is a piece of this fashion, which remained current into the early years of Art Deco.

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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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