MARCUS & CO. Platinum Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Ring
ca. 1930; centering a cushion-cut sapphire weighing 4.81 cts. flanked by single-cut and baguette diamonds; signed MARCUS; 2.44 dwts.; size 6
Provenance: Nannette Eleanor Hoover Campanella Dietrich (1930-2019) Baltimore Maryland; by descent within the family.
-AGL report no. CS06172 dated February 12 1980 stating that the sapphire is Kashmir.
-GIA report no. 5141961271 dated September 18 2012 stating that the sapphire is Kashmir with no indications of heating.
-AGL report no. 1107548 dated May 15 2020 stating that the sapphire is Kashmir with no gemological evidence of heat.
Adapted from memories from the family:
Nannette was a fun-loving adventurous independent determined generous and passionate person. She was the first female head cheerleader of the Ohio State University team where she met and married her college sweetheart and football star Joe Campanella. Joe later became a local celebrity as a professional football player for the Baltimore Colts from 1953-1957.
Nannette and Joe had seven children together. They started a restaurant chain called Gino's which had more than 350 restaurants along the East Coast. Later Joe founded Rustler Steak House. They sold both companies to the Marriott Corporation. When Nanette was pregnant with her seventh child Joe died suddenly and tragically at the age of 36.
About nine years later in 1976 she met and fell in love with Jesuit missionary priest Dr. Lawrence B. Dietrich Jr. While on a mission in India Lawrence proposed to Nannette with this Marcus & Co. Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring. The ring marked for them the beginning of a new life filled with discovery hope and love. They raised seven children 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren together. They remained happily married until they both passed away in 2019.
sapphire measurements: 10.00 x 8.66 x 5.76 mm.; small girdle chip along short side of sapphire (bottom edge in photos); minor surface scratches and abrasions to top facets; setting in overall good condition with wear commensurate with age; diamonds in overall good condition.