Enchanting Splendor

Wonderful Antique Entourage Ring With Sapphire & Diamonds, 1890S

Even more than other gemstones, sapphires enjoyed great popularity in the years of the turn of the century: "Jewelry with Ceylon sapphires, which are currently very favored by fashion, are of truly enchanting splendor," was the comment in 1896 on the latest jewelry fashion in the ladies' journal of the Bazar (Der Bazar. Illustrirte Damen-Zeitung, 42nd volume 1896, No. 26, p. 321). Little did anyone know at the time that the combination of sapphire and diamond was no mere fad, but would remain timeless to this day and continue to be varied many times in the 20th century. The ring we have here sets such a natural sapphire, whose wonderful medium blue color shines beautifully in the light. Like all natural gemstones, this sapphire is a unique piece with its own unique hue and beautiful transparency, which are ideally accentuated by the hand-applied oval facet cut. A special feature of the stone is its strong color zoning: lighter and darker parts alternate in the stone, thus proving nature's ingenuity. A wreath of fourteen glittering old-cut diamonds further enhances the color of the sapphire. While the diamonds are set in bright silver, the lobes of the sapphire setting and the plain ring band are made of rose gold, which adds a slight warmth to the cool color combination of the gemstones. An independent appraisal has confirmed the quality of the ring's materials. Meanwhile, the choice of sapphire as the centerpiece of the diamond ring was not just due to prevailing fashion. In the 19th century, precious stones were still used to convey hidden messages that left no doubt about the intention of the giver. The blue sapphire was always considered a sign of loyalty. Thus, the present ring is also suitable as a love gift or engagement ring and represents a promise in jewel form. We discovered it in Hamburg, where it was the well-kept treasure of a Hanseatic family for the last few years.

Did you know that sapphires can be not only blue? Because like the ruby, the sapphire belongs to the group of corundum. Since in mineralogy all corundums except the red ruby are called sapphire, yellow, green and orange sapphires are encountered in addition to the blue varieties. These stones, if they have an outstanding color quality and are free of inclusions, also fetch high prices in the trade.

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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.