Elegant antique diamond ring in platinum & gold, circa 1910
We first encounter rings with curved rails, at the ends of which precious gemstones or pearls are presented, in the years around 1900. Inspired by the dynamic forms of Art Nouveau, this jewelry fashion quickly became a great success. No wonder that corresponding designs remained modern until the 1940s, despite all other changes in taste. This exquisite ring, which has two historic old-cut diamonds enclosed between its arms, shimmers in pure white. The two diamonds are set in platinum; two other sweeps, set with small diamonds, hold the center stones like arms accompanying them. Side exhibitions make the sweeps appear like leafy vines. On the back, the ring is made of yellow gold, as platinum was extremely difficult to work with when the ring was created. The goldsmiths of the early 20th century therefore mostly limited themselves to a show side made of this precious material, also because a ring rail made of gold is easier to adjust should the ring ever become too small. The workmanship and the cuts of the diamonds show that the ring was created in the years around 1910. This was a time of new beginnings, modernity and modernization, when the old coexisted with the new and many different forces were at work in the arts and in society. The ring, with its delight in beauty and its elegant movement, is entirely in keeping with this period.
White jewels, i.e. pieces of jewellery in white, celebrate light. The innovation of the electric light bulb turned night into day at the end of the 19th century. Consequently, jewellery could now shine in the evening as never before. At the grand 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. When, at the beginning of the 20th century, platinum and finally white gold found their way into the jewellers' shop windows, this white brilliance was complete and the night was turned into day.
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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.