Classic beauty

Timeless engagement ring with 3.32 ct old-cut diamond in a modern setting, c. 1900/Vienna 2021

"He who buys a diamond purchases a fragment of eternity. She who wears a diamond adorns herself with the pure rays of Creation's dawn." - So goes a Hindu proverb, quoted in a book on precious stones published in 1920 (Stopford: The Romance of the Jewel, London 1920, p. 11). As poetic as it may sound, there is much truth in this proverb: for the incomparable hardness of the diamond made it a symbol of eternity centuries ago. Even the 'younger' diamonds are hundreds of millions of years old. The oldest examined diamonds were formed three to four billion years ago in the earth's interior - during the proverbial dawn of creation, because that was the time when life first appeared on earth. It seems rather apt, therefore, to set such a symbolically meaningful gemstone in an engagement ring, which is also supposed to signify the promise of an eternal bond. In a classic design, a large solitaire is also presented here. The diamond weighs 3.32 ct and has a light yellow colour reminiscent of lemon glaze, showing very good clarity (vvsi). It is shaped in the old European cut, the predecessor of our modern brilliant cut, and was already cut in the years around 1900. The setting for the antique cut diamond is modern and was recently created in Vienna. It holds the magnificent center stone in high karat white gold, reduced to six unobtrusive prongs that together form a raised coronet setting. The ring band is narrow and simply designed, so that the focus is solely on the large diamond. Before the diamond was set, it was weighed. The finished ring was then graded and appraised by the DEGEB in Idar-Oberstein. The independent appraisal is delivered with the ring.

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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.