A velvety blue pillow
Vintage white gold ring with dark blue 4.10 ct sapphire & diamonds, circa 1965
Velvety blue like a clear night sky is the wonderful, natural sapphire that shines in the centre of this exquisite white gold ring. The precious gemstone weighs approximately 4.10 carats and shines in a cushion-shaped facet cut. In popular belief, the sapphire has for centuries been regarded as the stone of truth, fidelity, prudence and reason. Accordingly, the Doge of Venice wore such a mild blue stone set in gold as a sign of his fidelity and marriage to the sea. And Queen Elizabeth I of England also believed that her sapphire could protect her against slander and trickery. In 19th century jewellery, we often find it as a symbol of fidelity, while the diamond symbolises eternity - this combination is also referenced in the present piece of jewellery. Here, the sapphire forms the centre of a classic entourage ring (from the French "entourage": companion, entourage) and is surrounded by white brilliant-cut diamonds of more than one carat, which beautifully accentuate its blue colour. Created in the 1960s, the ring is a unique, hand-forged jewel that can still be worn today without restriction thanks to its timeless design.
The sapphire is a truly royal stone. Even more frequently than the ruby, it adorns the crowns of the monarchies of Europe: the English state crown sparkles in the light of 18 beautiful stones, and that of the Bohemian king Wenceslas has just as many. And yet it shares many properties with the ruby, because for the mineralogist both stones belong to the group of corundum. The most famous sapphires in the world come from Kashmir, where today only a few sapphires are mined. Kashmir sapphires show a powerful cornflower blue and have a so-called "sleepy", slightly milky character. Sapphires from other sites show different shades of blue: stones from Mianmar, which can also reach the highest qualities, tend more towards an ultramarine. Sapphires from Sri Lanka tend to shine in a lighter, sky-blue tone. Sapphires from both locations tend to show stronger inclusions. It should not be forgotten, however, that sapphires can be more than just blue! Because like the ruby, the sapphire belongs to the corundum group. Since in mineralogy all corundums except the red ruby are called sapphires, yellow, green and orange sapphires are encountered in addition to the blue varieties. These stones, if they have an outstanding quality in color and freedom from inclusions, also fetch high prices in the trade.
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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.