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Vintage engagement ring with sapphire & diamonds, around 1970

What is the classic engagement ring? Two options 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 rather 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 wreath of sparkling diamonds. So here too, diamonds are part of the ring's message: they are symbols of eternity and the everlasting promise made with the ring. They do not stand alone here, however, but serve above all to present the central colored stone in the best possible way, to give its color and beauty the right setting. An entourage ring therefore not only tells of the duration of the bond, it also has 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. The ring here presents a wonderful, intensely blue, natural sapphire in a surround of twelve sparkling brilliant-cut diamonds. The gemstones are set in high karat white gold and are of fine quality. The pictured independent appraisal by the German Gemstone Appraisal Society has confirmed their value. It comes with the ring, which we discovered in Hamburg.

Jewellery of the 1960s and 1970s is characterized by optimism and 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 color of the time was again white, like the stars, often combined with blue, like the sky of the night. Occasionally, in addition to sapphires, other colored stones are found in primary colors, but it is mainly the cool sparkle of diamonds, combined with white gold, that makes the charm of the jewelry 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. And every single piece of jewelry 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.