Something old, something new...

Timeless ring with 1.33 ct diamonds, 1960's vintage

The shape of the diamond has evolved over many centuries. For a long time it was technically impossible to change the raw crystal more than rudimentary, because the diamond is so extraordinarily hard. In the 17th and 18th century it was then possible to extract more and more facets from the crystal and in the course of the 19th century the cuts came closer and closer to the shape we know today as a brilliant. It was not until 1919, however, that Marcel Tolkowsky calculated the ideal shape of the brilliant on an optical-physical basis; the exact shape, which is the standard in Germany today, the so-called fine cut of the practice, was not even determined until 1938. The form of the modern brilliant was then really established after the Second World War. The present ring seems like a small compendium of this history of brilliant cuts, because different historical variations can be found side by side. Here, smaller modern brilliants shine between two large diamonds in the old cut, also called Old European Cut, of the years around 1900. One diamond even has the so-called Old Mine Cut, the cushion-shaped old cut, still cut in the 19th century. The center stone alone weighs about half a carat; in total, about 1.33 ct of diamonds are gathered here. Using beautiful gemstones from older pieces of jewellery that had become outdated by fashion in new pieces was common practice at all times. This ring, too, was probably created in this way in the 1960s using older heirloom pieces. Now it is waiting for us to add the next chapter to its story.

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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.