Delicate vintage ring with sapphire & diamonds in white gold, around 1970
This ring presents itself in a classic Entourage design and was created in the years around 1970. The ring head is slightly raised and holds its precious setting in a basket made of white gold struts, allowing plenty of light to reach the gemstones. The 14-karat white gold is visually restrained to the maximum. The dark blue, natural sapphire with a slight petrol hue is surrounded by eight brilliant-cut diamonds. Jewellery history is familiar with the special symbolism of this gemstone combination: the sapphire, for example, was regarded as a symbol of fidelity, truth and loyalty. The diamond, on the other hand, was often understood as a symbol of eternity due to its special hardness. Entourage rings of this kind, with blue sapphire and diamonds in white gold, have become increasingly popular again in recent years: Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wears a very similar piece from the London court jeweler Garrard on her ring finger - a piece of jewelry that Princess Diana had previously chosen as an engagement ring.
Jewellery of the 1960s and 1970s is characterised by optimism and a belief in progress. After the organic forms of the fifties, a new desire for geometry returned in the age of the race to the moon. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings - the colour of the day was once again white, like the stars, often combined with blue, like the night sky. Occasionally, other coloured stones are found in primary colours alongside sapphires, but it is the cool sparkle of diamonds, combined with white gold, that is the main attraction of the jewellery of this period. The settings of the designs break away from the heavy lustre of the shiny yellow gold of late Art Deco and increasingly dissolve into a mesh of white gold rods. The filigree structures of space equipment, the antennas of Sputnik, but also the skeletal structures of the new skyscrapers may have been the inspiration here. It is not without reason that a brooch with the name "Cosmos" wins the prize for Jewel of the Year in 1967. And every single piece of jewellery wins lightness, light and elegance.
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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.