Nostalgia around 1912

Antique ring with rubies & diamonds in gold, Birmingham 1912

Luxury, joie de vivre and the celebration of beauty were the ideal of the years around 1900: the Belle Époque revelled in wealth and splendour. These years just before the start of the First World War, which was to change everything, had their very own style - and yet they often drew inspiration from history. In particular, the pompous 18th century often provided the models for precious jewellery designs. The present ring is an example of this, as it is based on the so-called "cruciform rings" of the 18th century. These rings are characterized by five gemstones arranged crosswise. This is also the case here: five luminous cherry-red rubies are the protagonists of the design. Small diamonds subtly fill the free space of the resulting cross. Golden volutes lead over to the stable ring rail. The result is a design that simultaneously revels in historical forms and yet interprets them in the contemporary taste of the Belle Époque. The hallmark inside the ring rail shows that the ring was submitted to the Birmingham Assay Office in 1912. It is in excellent condition and of solid, heavy quality. We were able to discover it in London.

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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.