American Modernity

Antique Art Deco shuttle ring with diamonds, USA circa 1925

With the invention of gaslight and then electric light at the end of the 19th century, glistening brightness suddenly filled the ballrooms of Europe and America. No longer dark, yellow candlelight, but the white glow of hundreds of lamps made the ladies' jewellery shine and glitter as never before. No wonder that as a result of these developments a new fashion emerged: white jewels made of diamonds and silver responded to the new lighting conditions and replaced the previous more colourful designs. In general, jewellery was increasingly richly set with sparkling gems to create an ever more luxurious and rich appearance. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. The ring presented here is in keeping with this fashion. It is made of high-carat gold, but its face shines white through an overlay of precious platinum. The ring is designed as a navette, with an early brilliant-cut diamond sparkling at its center as precious cargo. Four sapphires accompany it like the directions of a compass rose. Other small rose-cut diamonds, delicate sawn joints and shimmering millegrains further enrich the ring's impression. Judging by its hallmark, the ring was probably made in the USA. Fine designs that look like lace doilies were very fashionable here from 1920 onwards and were to dominate the coming years of Art Deco.

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