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Vintage ring with antique 0,46 ct diamond in white gold, around 1970

In earlier generations, those who wanted to own jewellery in the latest fashion did not always simply go to the jeweller to buy an already finished piece. Far more often the way led to the goldsmith, in order to have there after own ideas and in the exchange with the craftsman a new piece of jewellery made. Although even in the 19th century there were already large jeweller's department stores with an immense selection offering ready-made manufactured goods for sale, the older tradition of having jewellery made individually was still alive. A typical procedure can be observed again and again: Instead of creating the new pieces completely from scratch, existing gems were often incorporated into the design. In this way, pieces were created that continued the history of one's own family and could thus be both traditional and modern at the same time. The pretty ring presented here shows that this procedure was not only common in the 19th century, but can also be found again and again later. For the ring presented here in the splendour of beautiful diamonds unites different generations in a new piece of jewellery. The flower-shaped ring head centrally holds a large old-cut diamond, cut in the years around 1890, which was probably once the magnificent setting of an older piece of jewellery, perhaps a family heirloom. Its weight, 0.46 carat is noted in the ring band, giving an indication that the present ring was made for the old stone. Six smaller 8/8 cut diamonds set the finely crafted leaf shapes of the ring head surrounding the old cut diamond. The goldsmith of the years around 1970 used high karat white gold to create the ring, again emphasizing the appreciation of the old diamonds. The ring thus spans some 130 years today and is beautifully preserved. The piece of jewellery hardly came to us from the Rhineland, where it probably originated.

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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.