The Constantine Ring
The Constantine Ring
Metal: Sterling Silver & 18k Gold
Stone: Diamond (Est. 3.3ctw / H-I / VS2-SI1)
What You Should Know: Foil has been removed from ring to allow light to pass through. Ring was created during the early victorian era, and both the gold shank and frame have been restored.
*This Ring is resizable. Please contact us for resizing options.
In May 1851, the first ever World’s Fair was held in London’s Crystal Palace. Loftily named, “The Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations,” it gave rise to the decades-long trend of world fairs. Modern technology and leading industrial wonders were celebrated, and spectacles of arts and culture left lasting impressions. The Crystal Palace itself, made of glass and iron, housed the famed exhibition. An architectural sensation of about 19 acres, some likened its appearance to a massive greenhouse.
Conceived by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, the exhibition was a massive flex for the British empire, still at its height during this time. It included miles of material such as manufacturing machinery, musical instruments, textiles, toys, lace, fine arts, and jewelry. We can just imagine the marveling crowds—from the elite of society and celebs like Charles Darwin and Lewis Carroll, to the commoners from all corners of the city and globe.
The exhibit included two of the most mind-boggling diamonds of the time. Daria-i-Noor was an exceptionally rare pale pink diamond that weighed in at 177 carats. This striking sight was joined by a diamond of mythic proportions, the Koh-i-Noor or “Mountain of Light,” which glowed with the power if its 280 carats. Back in the mid-1800s, it was the largest diamond ever discovered. People went crazy for the exhibit, which had unparalleled reach uncommon in pre-internet days. Giant diamonds were positioned to capture the imagination and hearts of Victorians. Compounded with the discovery of diamond deposits in Africa, where the British still had a significant presence at the time, massive diamonds became very in vogue. Their popularity reverberated throughout and beyond Europe, contributing to the reverent place in society that diamonds continue to occupy to this day.
We really don’t know if jewelry gets any more romantic than this. Those 3.3 carats of drool-worthy diamonds alone have us gawking, not to mention the expertly restored setting and 18K gold band. The brilliant design is so symmetrical and straightforward, which gives these seven diamonds the center stage they deserve. As Freddie Mercury might say, she’s the princess of the universe. We honestly can’t imagine anything more perfect for the one who rules your stars and planets than this drop dead gorgeous ring.