Jewels of the Goddess of Love

Enchanting gold ring with diamonds & natural pearls, England circa 1890

Pearls have always fascinated people and have been charged with meaning since ancient times. In Central Europe, for example, they are regarded as the precious stones of Venus, the goddess of love, who, according to legend, is "born of foam", i.e. is said to have sprung from a shell in a similar way to the pearl. Depictions of this scene have been handed down to us, for example, in Sandro Botticelli's famous painting of Venus. Three fine natural pearls, presumably from the Persian Gulf, have now also come together in this ring. These are three quite large, very beautiful pearls, two of them halved, which adorn the ring head. Four small diamonds are set in the spaces between the pearl settings and enrich the luster with their sparkle. The ring itself is made of high-carat gold and is elaborately openworked and ornamented. Due to its shape and workmanship, we can date the ring to around 1890. It was made in England and we discovered it in London. As a symbolic gift of love, this ring can be a beautiful gift to a loved one, or an addition to any collection of antique jewelry.

Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe. The value of natural pearls compared to cultured pearls is obvious, since they are small natural wonders, just like natural gemstones. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as that of diamonds of the same size, and pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually for reasons of cost and collected until a strand was assembled. The magic that emanates from natural pearls can hardly be put into words, as each natural pearl is different from the next and has its own luster, structure and shine. They are always wonderful unique specimens of nature - which are hard to find today.

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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.