The Great Gatsby
Fine old cut diamond with 1,18ct in a modern white gold ring, around 1920/2020
White gold is closely associated with the Art Deco style, especially in the USA. The company of the American businessman David Belais had been experimenting for many years with elaborate gold alloys that would combine the white color of platinum with the material advantages of gold. When Belais finally registered his patent in 1918, tastes were changing - from the playful forms of the Belle Époque to the cool, elegant designs of Art Deco. This resulted in many pieces of jewellery in white gold that embodied the fast, wild attitude to life of the time, the era of skyscrapers, the Charleston and the Great Gatsby. This ring in fine white gold was created in a small factory in Chicago, a former stronghold of American Art Deco. It pays homage to the style of the "Roaring Twenties" and presents itself as a filigree work of fine struts and geometric shapes. As such, it struck us as the perfect setting for an antique early 20th century old-cut diamond that came to us unmounted. Now, in its white gold setting, set with six more small diamonds, the large 1.18 ct stone appears even brighter and larger than it already is. We have previously had an appraisal done on the antique brilliant diamond, noting its white color (Wesselton, H). The hand-cut, individual brilliant has some minor inclusions, but these do not dull its brilliance. With its unique antique diamond and the new setting, this piece of jewellery is the perfect ring for all those who would like to write their own history - and yet do not want to do without the individual beauty of an antique brilliant.
The name Belais is associated with one thing above all else in the United States: White gold. For under David Belais, who founded the company in 1863, experiments were conducted for many years with gold alloys that would combine the white color of platinum with the advantages of gold. When Belais registered his patent in 1918, however, the German Karl Richter from Pforzheim, who had registered his own, somewhat different patent for white gold in 1913, was already ahead of him. Due to the World War, however, Richter's invention was hardly used for the time being, and so it was finally the name Belais, at least in the USA, that became synonymous with high-carat white gold.
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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.
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.