Antique ring with old european cut diamonds in silver & gold, around 1920

Timeless engagement rings with a single, select diamond solitaire as well as narrow, elegant band rings as wedding bands were also worn in the early 20th century. But what about rings that were purely decorative in nature? The term "cocktail ring" can only be traced back to the late 1930s. Before that, large, purely decorative rings were usually referred to as "dress rings" or "dinner rings". The former was usually characterized by colored stones that were intended to complement the dress that gave it its name. The second was intended to adorn at a dinner or other elegant evening events and was usually set with diamonds. This type of ring began its triumphal march in the late 1910s. The present ring is an example of a dinner ring. It is richly set with sparkling old european cut diamonds, which were able to show their full effect in the new electric light of the evening. A layer of silver overlies the ring face forged from gold, allowing the diamonds to shine even brighter. Millegriffes and sawn details give the metal the fine detailing typical of the period. The ring is very well preserved. Already in earlier times, its ring band was apparently renewed once, possibly to make a major ring width change. However, this is only visible under the magnifying glass. We were able to discover this elegant accessory in Hamburg. However, an American catalog of the company J. R. Wood & Sons from 1919 shows a whole page of comparable rings and thus proves how popular this ring type was not only in Europe (see last picture).

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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.