The Dream of White

Timeless Trilogy Ring With Old European Cut Diamonds & Pearl, Around 1930

Jewellery in noble white - that has been the dream of jewellery designers since the late 19th century. But the technical possibilities put a stop to this dream for some time. Diamonds were available, but the tricky part was the question of the right metal. At first, only silver was available to create white jewellery from, but the metal tarnishes and can leave discolorations on skin and clothes. From the 1900s onwards, platinum was used more and more, but it was difficult to work with and much more expensive than gold, so that platinum was usually only used on the front of the pieces. It was not until 1913 that Karl Richter from Pforzheim registered his patent for a white gold alloy. But the moment was unfavourable: it would take until after the First World War for the new metal to really establish itself: with the fashion for Art Deco, however, there was no stopping it. However, since the early white gold alloys often still had a minimal yellow cast and platinum was also valued for its ability to hold even the most delicate details due to its hardness, platinum was often used as a thin layer on the top of white gold jewellery in the interwar years. This is also the case here: In addition to the old diamond cuts and the use of what is probably a natural pearl, it is this characteristic metal combination which allows us to date this ring. The ring is designed as a so-called trilogy ring, with three gemstones set between its curved ends: Two very pure old European cut diamonds of about 0.22 ct each and a light grayish purple pearl, which gives the ring an individual touch. Trilogy rings are said to contain a hidden message: The triple number of stones is supposed to stand for the past, present and future and thus refer to a life lived together. This makes them particularly suitable as a gift for love or friendship. With its classic design and high-quality materials in cool white, the ring is a timeless piece of jewellery that can perfectly complement existing jewels from the Belle Époque, Art Deco and even later periods. Even at the time of its creation, it was a particularly luxurious piece, as rings with natural oriental pearls are priced three to four times higher in contemporary jewellery advertisements than comparable rings with cultured pearls.

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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.