Turbulent times

Expressive diamond ring of the late Art Deco, 1940s

When one thinks of Art Deco jewelry, the first thing that comes to mind is cool designs in pure platinum or white gold, shining white with rich diamond settings. Fine designs in geometric shapes, articulated by the finest saw work and delicately and elegantly designed: This is the style of the late 1920s, which corresponds to early Art Deco. In the late 1930s, however, the Parisian jewellery houses in particular developed this formal language further, and by the end of the decade there was a turnaround throughout Europe: instead of white gold and platinum, yellow and red gold were now once again the precious metals of choice, and the forms became sculptural, voluminous and expansive, although still designed from a powerful geometry. This change in style is not exclusively but also explained by the technical and economic changes of the time. Platinum, for example, was no longer available to goldsmiths in sufficient quantities, which is why the switch to yellow gold was not only voluntary. The ring presented here, a piece as magnificent as it is powerful, dates from this period. The ring, made of high-carat, slightly reddish gold, wraps itself around the finger as a voluminous, wide band. The geometric design of the ring's head is set with two bands of diamonds that are offset from one another to form arches. The diamonds are ingeniously set in platinum overlays whose shape continues the interplay of rectangles and semicircles and whose cool colouring enhances the brilliance of the antique diamonds. The ring was probably made in France. We discovered it in the Netherlands. With its sense of glamour and drama, the ring is an unusual eye-catcher on the finger that has lost none of its spectacular radiance even after some 75 years.

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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.

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