Greensleeves Was My Delight

Vintage Jewellery Set of Gold, Tourmalines and Diamonds, Bamberg Around 1960

"Alas my love, ye do me wrong, / to cast me off discourteously: And I have loved you so long / Delighting in your companie. Greensleeves was all my ioy, / Greensleeves was my delight: Greensleeves was my heart of gold, / And who but Ladie Greensleeves." Who doesn't know the melody to this English song that sings of heartfelt desperate love for a lady with green sleeves? A perfect jewellery set for a lady who loves green, we can present here: Four large, natural tourmalines, genuine verdelites from Brazil with an intense, fir-green colour are chosen as the focal point of this fine ensemble, which consists of a ring, a pair of earrings and a bracelet. Forged from solid gold, the ring features an octagonal faceted tourmaline set between eight white diamonds that form the show side of the wide ring band and are set in white gold. The bangle impresses with a particularly large stone of about 22 carats in weight at its centre, the top of which is formed as a large reflective panel through which the lower facets can be observed. Side decorative elements are set with old European cut diamonds, and two applied flowers enrich the otherwise simple and solidly designed hoop. The earrings, like the ring set with octagonal faceted stones, are omega hinged studs so they can be worn securely. The motif of the pearl bar recurs in all the jewellery, where it discreetly surrounds the settings. This magnificent set was created in Bamberg in the years around 1960 and apparently began with a commission to rework a large 1930s tourmaline brooch, as the centerpiece of the bangle betrays an earlier origin through its workmanship and the old European cut diamonds. The ring and earrings were made to match - finding tourmalines of the exact matching colour and quality. All the pieces correspond wonderfully with each other, and so the post-war set is convincing not least because of the outstanding quality of its tourmalines with a total weight of about 75 carats. It is delivered in a probably original green jewellery bag and a detailed certificate of the gemologist Dr. Fuhrmann, Weinheim, which confirms the quality of the materials.

Tourmaline is a gemstone that immediately captivates almost all gemstone lovers with its diverse play of colours. From blue, to yellow, pink and green, almost all colours occur and its wonderful radiance makes the tourmaline since ancient times to one of the most valued gemstones. The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word thuramali (තුරමලි) or thoramalli (තෝරමල්ලි), which was commonly used for colourful gemstones found in Sri Lanka. For Europe the name was first recorded in writing in 1707, or in 1711 under the name Chrysolithus Turmale. Larger quantities were not exported from Sri Lanka to Europe until the middle of the 18th century. At that time, the Dutch East India Company practically held a trade monopoly for tourmalines.

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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.