The new century

Ornamental ring with sapphire & old cut diamonds in gold & platinum, around 1900

In the years around 1900, jewellery became as fine and delicate as had never been seen before. The rich, heavy opulence of historicism no longer seemed appropriate; people were looking for new forms of expression that would adequately reflect the new century's attitude to life. Thus, in the jewellery of those years we often find meshes of delicate lines instead of solid surfaces of precious metal, elegant curves instead of heavy baroque ornaments. The dreamy, sometimes ethereal aesthetics of Symbolism and Art Nouveau soon reached jewellery as well. The present ring is in keeping with this style. Between the curved ends of its ring band, it presents as a showpiece an elegant S-curve, each end of which terminates in an old-cut diamond. Centered on the curve is a midnight blue natural sapphire. To support the cool color tone of the gemstones, the ring, which is actually gold, is covered with a layer of platinum on the front. In its fine execution and design, the ring is a typical piece of jewelry of the early 20th century and still spreads the sense of beauty of that time.

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You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

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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.