A companion with history

Delicate ring from our workshop with antique diamonds in rose gold

Delicate, yet not fragile. Extraordinary, yet suitable for everyday use. Historically inspired, yet compatible with modern life. To design a piece of jewellery that draws on the delicacy and elegance of Art Deco, yet is wearable on a daily basis, that was our aim with this ring. We realized our intention by arranging five diamonds in a row across the finger, in stepped settings inspired by the geometric designs of the 1920s, with fine mille handles. In this way, the design remains subtle, but still thrives on its high-quality materials and handcrafted details that reference jewelry history. We have also designed the ring with sustainability in mind. The gold used here has been recycled by us, the diamonds we have collected over the years from older, incomplete pieces of jewellery. Thus, we were able to sort five antique diamonds here to match in color and size: Three central diamonds in the old cut of the late 19th century are complemented by two outer diamonds in the so-called 8/8 cut. Their brilliance is contrasted by rose gold, a warm and modern antithesis, but also with a historical reference, since the late 19th century in particular loved reddish gold alloys. Thanks to its flat design with recessed settings without lobes, the ring is not only comfortable but also gentle on fine fabrics and does not pull any threads. You could almost forget to wear it on your finger - if it weren't for that constant sparkle in the corner of your eye...

In ancient times, diamonds were valued primarily for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the widespread table cuts only brought out the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century. The nobility of the Baroque period developed a taste for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose many facets reflected candlelight beautifully, were particularly popular. In the middle of the century, a first, early brilliant cut developed, called the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown of 17 facets. By the end of the century, these diamonds were then replaced by a new shape, named the Peruzzi cut after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gem cutter from Venice, who increased the crown of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33, thus increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early brilliant diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be preserved. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full-cut diamonds, but it would take several more generations of continuous development of the cutting technique before the Old Mine Cut became the Old European Cut, and finally, in the 1940s, the modern full cut.

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.


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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.

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