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Antique, Art Deco gold ring with diamonds & aquamarines, Spain circa 1940
In the late 1930s, Parisian jewellery houses in particular developed a style of Art Deco known to us today as the "retro style". It was distinguished by warm gold tones and expansive shapes from the cool, graphic designs in diamond-studded platinum that had characterized the decade before. Soon this new style spread throughout the Western world, as evidenced by this ring, which came to us from Barcelona. The reason for such a change of form and style was not initially due to a pure desire for change. Platinum, for example, was de facto no longer available to goldsmiths in sufficient quantities at the beginning of the war at the latest, which is why the switch to gold as the basic material was not entirely voluntary. Likewise, the trade routes for the supply of precious gemstones were interrupted, which is why one often finds older stones in secondary use in the precious jewellery of the 1940s, further emphasising their unique character. For making a virtue out of necessity - that is what the goldsmiths of the late 1930s and 1940s excelled at. Eight old-cut diamonds, still cut in the late 19th century, together with two square aquamarines are the protagonists of the present ring. Its sculptural shape is reminiscent of an abstracted bow. The two aquamarines form a central band accented by two rows of diamonds in delicate platinum settings. The high-carat gold itself has a warm, rich tone. The design using basic geometric shapes, its workmanship, the cuts of the aquamarines and the secondary use of the historic diamonds allow us to date the expressive ring to the years around 1940.
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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.