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Vintage emerald ring with entourage of diamonds, circa 1960
"We already look with pleasure at the green of herbs and leaves. But we still prefer to look at emeralds, for their green is the most beautiful of all. Moreover, they are the only gems that fill the eyes without saturating them; indeed, if the eyes are weakened by exertions of other kinds, they are strengthened again by looking at emeralds [...] for their gentle green dispels the dullness of them." (Nat. Hist. 37.16) The beauty and effect of gemstones already preoccupied the people of antiquity. The quotation reproduced here is from Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar from Como. In the year 77 A.D. he summarized the knowledge of nature of that time in a work, the Naturalis Historia or Natural History - and his description of the emerald is still as true today as it was 2000 years ago. The ring before us here bears sparkling witness to this. For at its center shines a natural emerald in a warmly toned green. The gemstone is set in gold and surrounded by a total of 44 diamonds set in white gold settings. The 8/8-cut diamonds have a total weight of just over one carat and complement the green with their bright white light, which forms a double frame around the setting of the green centre stone. The ring was probably created in Italy in the years around 1960 and found its way to us from Bologna.
The name of the emerald probably comes from the Latin "Smaragdus", which in turn took this name from the Greek "Smaragdos". The emerald was first mined around 1300 BC in Egypt, which dominated the emerald trade in the Mediterranean region for a long time. Only with the conquest of South America by the Spaniards was their trading position broken, as there were also rich emerald deposits there. The emerald is one of the most valuable gemstones and has always had a very high value in many cultures. The ancient Egyptians recognized the healing powers of the emerald early on, especially its effect on the eyes. Pliny the Elder wrote about it in 77 AD: "If the eyes are weakened, they are strengthened again by looking at the emerald. The gentle green of the stone drives away dullness". Nero, for example, is said to have worn an emerald as a monocle to strengthen his eyes, and it is also said of Cleopatra that she supported her beauty and youth by wearing emeralds. The emerald was already mentioned in the Bible and was considered in the Revelation of John as the fourth of the twelve foundation stones of the Jerusalem city wall.
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