Beam me up, Scotty!
Futuristic cocktail ring with opal & diamonds in white gold, circa 1970
Just like the currents of art, jewellery fashion always reflects what moves a society. Sometimes it is technical innovations such as the introduction of electric light, which at the end of the 19th century led to a fashion for sparkling diamond jewellery for the evening. Sometimes, however, these themes are also of a substantive nature: In the 1960s, for example, jewellery came into fashion that seemed to be inspired by the race to the moon, by the new space travel devices and the thought of distant galaxies that suddenly no longer seemed quite so unreachable. Cool white metals characterized this fashion, often arranged into abstract, narrow wires: "Sputnik jewelry" is therefore the name given to such designs. One such piece was the "Cosmos" brooch, which won the Jewel of the Year award in 1967. Icy diamonds, midnight blue sapphires, the self-explanatory moonstones and also opals are found with preference in these pieces of jewellery. This ring from around 1970 is also in keeping with this fashion. At its center is a large opal cabochon whose iridescent play of color on a milky ground is reminiscent of cosmic nebulae. Small brilliant-cut diamonds are arranged like stars around the center stone. On the left and right, the white gold ring shoulders are shaped into the characteristic wires that distinguish jewellery of this period. They raise the diamonds in an airy gallery, allowing plenty of light to reach them. The ring is very well preserved and, according to its hallmark, was probably made in Germany. A decorative piece of jewellery that also tells of the dreams and desires of its time of origin.
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