A lucky star in the night

Vintage ring with sapphire & diamonds in white gold, 1970s

This ring is a classic engagement gift, as both its shape and materials speak a romantic language of love. On the one hand, the precious gemstones have symbolic meaning. The natural, intense blue sapphire has been considered a symbol of fidelity since time immemorial. The eight white brilliant-cut diamonds with first-class fire, on the other hand, are symbols of eternal love, since the diamond is considered indestructible and thus everlasting. Through the arrangement of the gemstones, fidelity is also enclosed and shielded, as it were, by eternity. The diamonds surround the sapphire like a protective frame. This arrangement is called "entourage" and has been a classic in jewellery design for centuries. Thus the ring is designed out of a long tradition, even though it itself appears modern and without superfluous ornamentation. It was created in the years around 1970. The high form with the soaring wires of white gold was a great fashion in those years. It results in the gemstones being optimally presented and getting plenty of light to sparkle. This way, the ring doesn't hide and is not for the shy natured. But doesn't an engagement ring just want to be seen too? We have had the ring examined by an independent body and its quality determined in a certificate. This is supplied with the ring.

Jewellery of the 1960s and 1970s is characterised by optimism and a belief in progress. After the organic forms of the fifties, a new desire for geometry returned in the age of the race to the moon. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings - the colour of the day was once again white, like the stars, often combined with blue, like the night sky. Occasionally, other coloured stones in primary colours are found alongside sapphires, but it is the cool sparkle of diamonds, combined with white gold, that is the main attraction of the jewellery of this period. The settings of the designs break away from the heavy lust for shiny yellow gold of late Art Deco and increasingly dissolve into a mesh of white gold rods. The filigree structures of space equipment, the antennas of Sputnik, but also the skeletal structures of the new skyscrapers may have been the inspiration here. It is not without reason that a brooch with the name "Cosmos" wins the prize for Jewel of the Year in 1967: In this period, every single piece of jewellery gains lightness, light and elegance.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


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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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