Long before pop stars cornered the market on weird, it was up to European royalty to push the limits of luxury and good taste. "Mad King Ludwig" of Bavaria topped the list for a while in the late 19th century. But his eccentric style was more kooky than crazy. He once said, "I wish to remain an eternal enigma to myself and others." And thanks to his bizarre interior decorating skills and a pair of custom-built fairy tale castles, he succeeded.
One of Ludwig's favorite architectural accents was the magnificent rose quartz minded nearby. He used the blush-colored gem in windows to make sure that he always saw life from his "uniquely colored perspective." We captured the king's favorite gem in our Palantine Ring, which features a smooth rose quartz centerpiece in an eye-catching, original design. The dreamy 10-carat cabochon is ringed by a double halo of bright, lab-created DiamondAura® rounds. And the stunning oval is perched high in an "open eave" setting of .925 sterling silver layered in rose gold.