"Retro" chic for the finger

Antique gold & platinum ring with spinels & diamonds, Art Deco circa 1935

In jewellery, as in fashion, shapes and trends are subject to constant change. What was just out of fashion can be all the rage again in the next moment. This phenomenon can also be seen in the development of Art Deco. While cool platinum undisputedly dominated the jewellery world in the 1920s and early 30s, coloured gold experienced an astonishing comeback from 1935 onwards. In the course of the so-called "Retro Jewellery", the once delicate shapes also became significantly more voluminous and gave the jewellery an expressive presence. This ring speaks this powerful language of form: it is forged from light reddish gold and platinum and presents itself as an oval set across the finger. In the center, five red spinels are arranged in a row, staggered in size. Two rows of diamonds join to the right and left. These are stones in old cuts, together nearly one carat, surely gathered together from older jewelry to become a new design here in contemporary taste. The white and red blazing showpiece is elevated a little above the finger by more diamonds and gleaming spheres of gold. Elegantly, the three-part ring rail runs under the arrangement or joins the platinum part on the narrow sides. This gives the powerful, large ring its own dynamic. The ring was made in Germany in the years around 1935. It is a one-of-a-kind piece, crafted by hand, and its characterful shape makes it an unmissable eye-catcher. "Retro" chic for the finger!

The 1920s brought a new style to the world of jewellery with Art Deco: geometric abstractions, noble materials and luxurious fittings were sought after and supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their colleagues in Berlin and overseas. The longer and wider the style spread, the more developed the forms became. In France and the USA, for example, a special form of late Art Deco called "retro" jewellery emerged in the years after 1930: The shapes became stronger, more corporeal, the volumes larger and the jewellery once again more sumptuous, with the colourfulness of the stones and metal used playing a major role. The fashion of the time preferred jewels in yellow or red gold to those in platinum or white gold, and coloured stones replaced diamonds in their popularity. The surfaces of the gold were fanned out geometrically and the jewels were conceived almost like cubist architectures.

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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.