Attractive Contrasts

Extravagant Ring of the Art Déco With Diamonds & Sapphires, Graz Around 1930

Light and shadow, light and dark, day and night - like so many things, jewellery fashion also thrives on these contrasts from time to time. Dark blue sapphires and white diamonds, for example, enhance each other's effect, just as delicate piereced details and milgrains enrich white precious metals with a play of fine shadows. We can also observe this in the present ring, which makes skilful use of the stylistic devices mentioned above. Four sapphires are set at the four corners of the ring head, their deep blue contrasting with the white of the platinum as well as with that of the diamonds. Sawn arabesques and lines as well as fine milgrain settings cover the ring face with a delicate structure, from the centre of which a cross of diamonds emerges almost architecturally. The diamonds worked here are shaped partly in a contemporary round old European cut, and partly in an earlier cushion-shaped old mine cut, as we know it from 19th century jewellery. Because Art Deco broke so strongly with the forms that had existed before, many pieces of old jewellery had become unfashionable, and their gemstones were often set to make new creations. The use of a platinum coating on white gold is also a sign of the times: white gold alloys of the time often still had a slightly yellowish tinge and were difficult to work with, so a layer of white platinum was rolled on for the detailed surfaces of jewellery. The hallmarking inside the ring band also confirms this combination of materials. The ring also bears another hallmark letting us know that it was made in the austrian city of Graz. Since then, it has been very well preserved.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.