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Elegant shuttle ring of the Art Déco with diamonds, Germany around 1930

The 1920s in Germany were an eventful era full of contradictions. After the catastrophe of the First World War and the chaos of inflation, the period brought a phase of economic upswing in which optimistic faith in progress and a zest for life broke through. The jewellery of those years left the historical models behind and still inspires today with its amazing modernity, elegance and perfection of workmanship. This ring, made of gold and a platinum front, features the most popular ring shape of the era, the shuttle ring. A slightly domed ring head is placed lengthwise on the finger. Often designed quite large, it sometimes covers the entire finger limb. These rings are always set with sparkling diamonds, between which sawn shadow gaps and fine mille grips perform a play of light and shadow. The goldsmith who designed this ring in the years around 1930 follows this type. Three white diamonds sparkle at its centre, visually magnified by circumferential shadow gaps. Small diamond roses and sparkling mille griffons lend the ring head an ethereal glow. The ring was made in Germany, as its hallmarks indicate. It is in very good condition and can be worn daily due to its flat design without any disturbing edges.

White jewels, i.e. jewellery in white colouring, celebrate light. At the end of the 19th century, the innovation of the electric light bulb turned night into day. Consequently, jewellery could now shine in the evening as never before. 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. But even in the following decades, the fashion for white jewellery remained current, right up to the Art Deco of the 1920s. The shapes of white jewels were initially inspired by Napoleon's classicism; delicate leaves and geometric patterns formed the basis. Then, as the years went by, the fashions changed: First came the "Garland style," which countered Art Nouveau with a more classical, refined take on style. Allusions to Louis XVI forms and fine motifs from classical antiquity enlivened the hitherto somewhat rigid neoclassicism, and small, delicate laurel tendrils in particular proliferated across all designs. With the onset of modernism, the designs became more abstract and dynamic, and the formal world of Art Deco prevailed.

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