Eternally beautiful

Delicate vintage diamond ring in platinum, around 2000

A diamond is everlasting - this notion of the eternity of the king of gemstones has existed not only since the numerous advertising campaigns of De Beers and Co. In fact, there are numerous examples of the much longer history of this romantic tradition. In Florence, for example, as early as the 15th century Piero de' Medici chose the diamond ring as his personal emblem, his imprese. The son of Cosimo and father of Lorenzo il Magnifico had this ring, adorned with a single diamond, placed around a banner with the inscription "SEMPER", meaning "always", on all the buildings for which he was responsible, but also on everyday objects. Families linked to the Medici, such as the Rucellai, also adopted this sign: We still see it today on the façade of their city palazzo. Even in Medici times, the diamond ring was a sign of eternity - and as a promise of eternal love, it is still given as a gift today. The ring presented here can be such a gift of love. A restrained, elegant setting of platinum holds a pure, sparkling brilliant-cut diamond of 0.20 ct in a frame of other, smaller brilliant-cut diamonds. The ring was created only a few years ago. The goldsmith has managed to almost completely hide his work behind the brilliance and fire of the diamonds. For it seems as if the ring consisted only of light. It is only when viewed from the side that the clear and modern, reduced formal language becomes apparent. The ring is in very good condition and is just waiting to be given away.

A ring with a single, large diamond is considered the classic engagement ring today. Here, the precious (and, according to legend, indestructible) stone stands for eternity - which is thus meant to underline the duration of the promise made with it. Significant for this connection was the New York jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany. Tiffany first marketed such rings through his mail-order catalog in 1886 and specifically promoted them as engagement gifts. In fact, however, the tradition of seeing a diamond ring as a symbolic piece of jewelry is far older. As early as 1477, it is said, Duchess Mary of Burgundy received a diamond ring as a promise of fidelity from her future husband Maximilian of Habsburg. Another interesting chapter on this subject can still be followed today in the art city of Florence. Here Piero de' Medici chose the diamond ring as his personal emblem, as his imprese. The son of Cosimo and father of Lorenzo il Magnifico had this ring, adorned with a few diamonds around a banner with the inscription "SEMPER", i.e. "always", placed on all the buildings for which he was responsible, but also on everyday objects. Families linked to the Medici, such as the Rucellai, adopted this sign: We still see it today on the façade of their city palazzo. Even in Medici times, the diamond ring was a sign of eternity.

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