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Elegant ring with diamonds & pearl in gold & platinum, Belgium circa 1950

In the immediate post-war period, jewellery was often created that continued the style of the decades before the wars. In Central Europe in particular, the wars and the associated shortage of materials had not left many jewellers the time and resources to develop new fashions in quick succession, and the Belle Époque also still beckoned with its splendour. Festive diamond jewellery in particular was thus given a timeless touch that made it wearable for generations to come. This ring illustrates this development. While its form follows the ethereal rings of the Belle Époque, the years around 1910, only the smallest details reveal that it was created several decades later. The setting of the diamonds in pairs, for instance, would have been unusual at the time. Above all, however, the somewhat more solid ring rail and the use of a cultured pearl and modern brilliant-cut diamonds point to its later period of origin. Cultured pearls were not available on European markets until the 1920s - full cuts did not really catch on until after the war. Often, moreover, in 1950s jewelry, we could see goldsmiths placing newly cut full-cut diamonds next to older old-cut diamonds, and this is also the case here. These old-cut diamonds usually came from jewelry that had become unfashionable or from old stocks, because there was still a certain scarcity of resources. The fact that attention was nevertheless paid to high quality is evidenced not only by the detailed workmanship but also by the fine color of the diamonds and the use of high-carat gold and platinum. Finally, the hallmarks in the ring's band provide a final indication: they prove that the ring could not have been made before 1942, for it bears Belgian hallmarks of fineness that did not come into use until that year. Thus, the ring already had a nostalgic character at the time of its creation, and has nevertheless retained a certain timelessness to this day.

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