Dancing in white

Antique „you & me“ diamond ring in platinum & gold, around 1910

Rings with curved bands, in the middle of which precious gemstones are presented, are first encountered in the years around 1900. Inspired by the dynamic forms of Art Nouveau, this jewellery fashion quickly became a great success. The powerful ring presented here, which has two old-cut diamonds enclosed between its arms as if in dance, shimmers in pure white. The two diamonds are set in platinum; ten other smaller rose-cut diamonds accompany them like sparkling curving lines. They, too, are set in platinum, which adds extra sparkle to the design with fine mille handles. On the back, the ring is made of yellow gold, as platinum was extremely difficult to work with when the ring was created. The goldsmiths of the early 20th century therefore usually limited themselves to one face of this precious material. The workmanship and the cuts of the diamonds show that the ring was created in the years around 1910. We discovered the ring in northern Germany, where it may have originated. This was a time of awakening, modernity and modernization, when the old coexisted with the new and many different forces were at work in the arts and in society. The ring, with its delight in beauty and its elegant movement, is entirely in keeping with this period.

White jewels, i.e. pieces of jewellery in white, celebrate light. The innovation of the electric light bulb turned night into day at the end of the 19th century. Consequently, jewellery could now shine in the evening as never before. At the grand balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. When, at the beginning of the 20th century, platinum and finally white gold found their way into the jewellers' shop windows, this white brilliance was complete and the night was turned into day.

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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.