Celestial spheres

Vintage white gold ring with sapphire cabochon & diamonds, circa 1965

A small jewel is presented to us in this white gold ring, which was created in the optimistic 1960s. At its centre, a natural sapphire weighing about 7.5 carats shimmers in a pastel hue: its fine sky blue makes the stone appear as if gazing into the distance. A few inclusions pervade the gemstone like delicate clouds, attesting to its authenticity. To make sure that the gemstone in our ring is a natural sapphire, we commissioned an expert opinion from the German Society for Gemstone Evaluation in Idar-Oberstein. The gemstone, which almost certainly originates from Ceylon, appears as a high cabochon and is held in place by high-carat white gold. Sixteen brilliant-cut diamonds in fine white (Top Wesselton), with a carat weight of 0.64 carats and beautiful purity accompany the magnificent sapphire in an octagonal framing. This makes for a very typical color combination that has become an all-time classic. The beautiful vintage ring found its way to us from Koblenz. Lose yourself in the play of colours of this unusual jewel and let your thoughts wander to the legendary treasures of the Indian maharajas.

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: Sapphires from Sri Lanka, for example, shine in a rather lighter, sky-blue tone. It should not be forgotten, however, that sapphires can be more than just blue! Because like the ruby, the sapphire belongs to the group of corundum. 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. The pink to orange variety of sapphire is particularly sought after: these stones come exclusively from Sir Lanka and are known as Padparadscha. Today, however, the colour of stones from other regions is often altered by technical treatment and then also sold as padparadscha. In popular belief, the sapphire is considered the stone of truth, loyalty, wisdom and reason. Accordingly, the Doge of Venice wore such a mild blue stone as a sign of his fidelity and marriage to the sea, set in gold. And Queen Elizabeth I of England also believed that her sapphire could protect her against slander and cunning.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


OUR PROMISE

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.

Play