Wonderful gold ring with Colombian emerald, Berlin 2021
With a history of thousands of years of mining and appreciation as a gemstone, the emerald is one of the most important gemstones in cultural history. Already in pre-Christian times, emerald mines existed in Egypt, where the coveted green gemstone was mined. These were the stones that the ancient author Pliny described in rapturous tones: "No color is more pleasant to look at, for we also look at green herbs and foliage with eagerness; but the emerald all the more dear, because nothing greener green can be compared to it." So Pliny also called the stone limoniades, after the nymphs of the meadows and flowers. In the 16th century, the Spanish discovered more mines in Colombia that yielded this distinctive stone. Even today, the products of these mines in the area of the municipality of Muzo are considered the epitome of quality emeralds. The Iberian jewels of the Baroque period, richly set with deep green Colombian stones, are an integral part of jewellery history. Such an emerald is also the protagonist of this ring from our workshop - but it surpasses the baroque examples in intensity and luminosity. The cut and setting are based on principles developed over centuries to accentuate precisely these qualities. Weighing over ten carats, the emerald is shaped in the classic emerald cut, whose faceting is ideally suited to draw out even more intense colour reflections from it. Its inclusion pattern is also unusually beautiful. Our emerald is characterized by lively inclusions, which are poetically called "jardin" (French for garden). In addition to fine inclusions, a dark inclusion can also be seen, which immediately identifies the magnificent emerald as a natural stone. The large gemstone is an antique piece that came to us as the centerpiece of a large brooch of the years around 1880. However, the old goldsmith's work had been repaired several times, so we decided to make a new setting for the stone, which is now wearable as a ring. A restrained prong setting and a total of four baguette- and triangle-cut diamonds accompanying it on either side, weighing a combined 0.50 carats and of a fine white color, once again highlight its green in contrast. They create a luxurious yet understated setting that does not seek to outshine the center stone and showcases it to great effect. The interplay of high carat weight with intense color make up the value of this emerald ring, which the German Gemstone Valuation Society (DeGEB) has appraised at a replacement value of 24,200 Euros. This appraisal comes with the ring. Thus, the ring is not only a rare opportunity to own a timeless emerald jewelry of this class - at the same time, it is a true "investment piece", because gemstones of this quality are today more than ever sought-after jewels with their own unique claim.
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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.