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Floral Art Nouveau ring with emerald & diamond roses, Lemberg circa 1900
The design of this ring, for example, is a characteristic example of the floral Art Nouveau style, created in the years around 1900. The special lines of the design, but especially the round, smoothly polished silver diamond settings, also tell us that it was created in the Austro-Hungarian Empire - perhaps by a goldsmith who learned his trade in Vienna. Further information and certainty is provided by hallmarks on the inside of the ring. Two of them were worn smooth for many decades and are hardly recognizable. One, however, the fox head mark, is clearly a hallmark that was only used in Austria-Hungary between 1872 and 1922. It not only attests to the gold content of the ring, but also tells us the place where it was presented to the assay office: Lviv, today's Lviv in Ukraine, then part of Austria-Hungary. It is not surprising that there was also a lively exchange between the cities of the great KuK monarchy in terms of art and craftsmanship. The ring presents a flower set with diamonds in the historic rose cut on a red gold rail. A larger diamond forms the blossom, smaller ones set the leaves. An emerald is set below. The design suggests that it could be the seed or bulb from which the flower grows: entirely in keeping with the ideals of Art Nouveau, which was dedicated to aesthetic new beginnings, to growing and becoming.
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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.