A promise with passion

Vintage engagement ring with natural ruby & diamonds, circa 1970

What is the classic engagement ring? Two possibilities come to mind: one is the diamond solitaire, set in white gold. It focuses entirely on the brilliance of a diamond, white and bright, and has come back into fashion, especially in recent years. In the decades before, it was more the so-called entourage ring that defined the idea of the perfect engagement ring. It was virtually the classic engagement ring of the 70s and 80s. Entourage rings, usually made of white gold, surround a precious colored stone with a ring of sparkling diamonds. Here too, diamonds are a central part of the message that the ring carries: Diamonds are symbols of eternity and the everlasting promise that is made with the ring. They do not stand alone, however, but serve above all to present the central coloured stone in the best possible way, to give its colour and beauty the right setting. The statement that such a ring carries is therefore more individual. Because it is no longer just about the eternity of the bond, it also takes on a personal touch: rubies, for example, speak of passion that is meant to burn forever, while sapphires speak of fidelity. It goes without saying that an entourage ring can be just as precious a gift as a solitaire. This entourage ring presents a wonderful, deep red ruby in the middle of 1.25 ct brilliant-cut diamonds and is a typical as well as convincing representative of this type of engagement ring. The gemstones are set in high karat white gold and are of the finest quality. An independent appraisal by the German Gemstone Appraisal Society has confirmed their value. It 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 are found in primary colours 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 lustre of the 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. And every single piece of jewellery wins lightness, light and elegance.

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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.