Modern Classic

Elegant Vintage Navette Ring With Aquamarine In Gold, Germany Circa 1955

When with the economic miracle also the desire for life returned to the German cities and parlors, when it made possible a first new prosperity in the centers of industry and trade, then also the art of jewelry design awoke to new life after many years of a dreamless sleep. The goldsmiths and jewelry designers of the late 1930s and 1940s had often vacillated indecisively between the forms of a strictly geometric Art Deco and repetitions of historical elements. Then, in the post-war period, they broke new ground and ventured into forms and designs that had not been seen before. From today's perspective, this ring may seem quite classic: an aquamarine is set within an elongated oval ring face, and a plain gold rail connects to it. But how new and unexpected this combination was even in the pre-war era! It would have been unthinkable to set a precious gemstone like an aquamarine - not a synthesis - entirely without diamonds surrounding it. Leaving this framing function to yellow gold alone was an entirely new development, and only slowly did jewelry designers free themselves from the convention of accompanying colored stones with diamond accents in white precious metal. In their place came abstractly structured or interestingly shaped surfaces in yellow gold. The ring is in very good condition. Its clean, modernist design and material restraint make it a wearable piece of Midcentury jewelry history.

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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.