Firmly overgrown

Antique art nouveau ring with old cut solitaire in gold, around 1900

The growth and development of plants was one of the most important sources of inspiration for the artists of Art Nouveau: in their search for a new art that would bring man, uprooted by industrialization and the big cities, back into harmony with himself and his environment, they turned to natural forms and created from them their own, previously unseen designs. Especially in France, dynamic, organic forms were created; Hector Guimard's metro entrances, for example, are famous. This new style was quickly adopted in all other European countries and was always modified in its own way. In Germany there was a tendency towards geometry, in Spain towards fantastic forms, and in Great Britain a fashion of its own developed. Especially in the field of jewellery, a series of easily recognisable designs emerged, which are still convincing today due to their freshness in form and colour. This ring shows how the designers of the time were able to create their own artistic creations from the model of nature. The ring made of gold wraps itself around the finger in the form of two tendrils. The powerful, broad leaves are reminiscent of Georg Jensen's designs. A beautiful old-cut diamond solitaire of 0.31 ct. shines in the centre. The ring was made around 1900 in Germany, according to its hallmark. It can be worn by both ladies and gentlemen - its design, which concentrates on a single beautiful diamond, never seems too much.

"On our childhood weighed the paralyzing overabundance of things, not even one of which could make us happy...". Full of weariness, Henry van der Velde retrospectively summed up his discomfort with the art of the late 19th century. Too many forms, too much decoration swallowed up even the smallest utilitarian object, captivated the eye so much that no peace, no relaxation wanted to set in. Together with other artists of his generation, van der Velde therefore searched for new forms, for simple, reduced beauty, for a new way of expression in keeping with the times - and the works they created, art, decorative arts, architecture and jewellery, we know today under the name "Art Nouveau".

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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.