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Historical "knuckleduster" with lots of flair and charisma. The tail does not bother you, nor will it prick the back of your hand.

Next year the launch of the Sputnik will be 60 years ago. History changed on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball (58 cm.or 22.8 inches in diameter), weighed only 83.6 kg. or 183.9 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race.



A French 18K yellow gold “Sputnik” ring inspired on the beginning of the Space Race in the 1950s. The crown consists of a rounded surface set with a Tutti Frutti of brilliant cut diamonds, rubies and emeralds, all claw set and are mounted on pear shaped multiple gold wires that end in a tail. The tail itself has a line of alternating single cut rubies and diamonds paved set in platinum.

Hallmarks: French eagle (tête d’aigle) for 18K gold but almost not readable

Diamonds & Colored stones:

7 brilliant cut diamonds with the biggest diamond of about 0.50 cts and 6 smaller diamonds of about 0.10 cts each. In the tail of the ring there are 4 single cut diamonds between 0.03 and 0.01 cts. Total estimate carat weight of the diamonds is 1.20 cts

21 round faceted rubies between 0.10 and 0.015 cts with a total carat weight of about 1.89 cts

14 round faceted emeralds between 0.11 and 0.13 cts with a total carat weight of about 1.68 cts.

The stones are weighed and tested in their setting.


Total brute weight: 24 gram

4 cm x 2.2 cm

Size: 17, 55, N/O, 7

Period: 1950-1960

Condition: In good condition, some slight wear and tear.


Additional Information

Additional Information

Material 18K gold, Platinum
Era 1950 - 1960
Organic No
Gemstone Diamond, Emerald, Ruby
Signed No