The Pink Panther

Vintage ring with pink sapphire & diamonds, 1960s

Most people know the "Pink Panther" from television. It is a pink diamond and is the focus of the crime comedy of the same name from 1963. Inspector Clouseau is on the hunt for a master thief. Because not only the British gentleman Sir Charles Lytton has an eye on the big gemstone, but also his son is chasing after it - and the charming inspector has a very hard time to get to the master thieves. It is not a diamond but a pink sapphire that shines at the centre of this ring: but its colour is so enchanting that it hardly needs to hide behind the diamond from the film. The sapphire shines in a frame of twelve sparkling brilliant-cut diamonds. This brings out even more of the sapphire's pastel, delightful colour. The ring was created in the same decade as the film, both following the same taste for intense colours in jewellery. The goldsmith who created the ring focused entirely on the brilliance and light of the gemstones. The settings are minimized to the maximum, the diamonds and the sapphire almost seem to float above the finger. Only the narrow ring rail can be seen worn; only when viewed from the side does the under-cadence of fine white gold bars, typical of the time, become visible. An independent appraisal has confirmed the quality of the gemstones. It comes with the perfectly preserved ring.

The sapphire is a truly royal stone. Even more frequently than the ruby, it adorns the crowns of the monarchies of Europe: the English state crown sparkles in the light of 18 beautiful stones, and that of the Bohemian king Wenceslas has just as many. And yet it shares many properties with the ruby, because for the mineralogist both stones belong to the group of corundum. The most famous sapphires in the world come from Kashmir, where today only a few sapphires are mined. Kashmir sapphires show a powerful cornflower blue and have a so-called "sleepy", slightly milky character. Sapphires from other sites show different shades of blue: stones from Mianmar, which can also reach the highest qualities, tend more towards an ultramarine. Sapphires from Sri Lanka tend to shine in a lighter, sky-blue tone. Sapphires from both locations tend to show stronger inclusions. It should not be forgotten, however, that sapphires can be more than just blue! Because like the ruby, the sapphire belongs to the corundum group. Since in mineralogy all corundums except the red ruby are called sapphires, yellow, green and orange sapphires are encountered in addition to the blue varieties. These stones, if they have an outstanding color quality and are free of inclusions, also fetch high prices in the trade. The pink to orange variety of sapphire is particularly sought after: these stones come exclusively from Sri Lanka and are known as Padparadscha. Today, however, the colour of stones from other regions is often altered by technical treatment and then also sold as padparadscha. In popular belief, the sapphire is considered the stone of truth, loyalty, wisdom and reason. Accordingly, the Doge of Venice wore such a mild blue stone as a sign of his fidelity and marriage to the sea, set in gold. And Queen Elizabeth I of England also believed that her sapphire could protect her against slander and cunning.

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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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