Playing with contrasts

Vintage white gold ring with sapphire & diamonds, circa 1975

A dark blue oval star-cut sapphire weighing approximately 3.30 carats appears as the center of a double frame of diamonds. Set in two planes below the sapphire are twelve brilliant-cut diamonds and an equal number of baguette-cut diamonds, with the angular diamonds set slightly offset. They expand the radiance of the ring and add an unusual design element. A total of 1.74ct of fine diamonds are worked. This creates a special, crystalline effect just from the colours of the precious gemstones. The laterally flared ring rail with its basket-like galiery undercrossing of the ring head also makes the side view of the ring worth seeing. Based on its high structure and the design elements described above, we date the ring to around 1970. Handcrafted to perfection, the piece charms as it did the day it was made - and is ready to wear! The elegant ring found its way to us from Hamburg and comes with a detailed appraisal from the German Gemstone Appraisal Society.

The symbolic act of giving a diamond ring as an engagement gift is first documented in 1477 and can be traced back to Mary of Burgundy, who received a diamond ring as a promise of fidelity from her future husband, Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg. Wearing a ring as a sign of commitment on the third finger of the left hand, on the other hand, was already the custom of the ancient Egyptians, who believed that the "love vein" connected the heart to the left ring finger.

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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.