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Mysterious onyx ring with pearls in gold, around 1910

Black jewelry advanced to a real fashion in the early 20th century. It was now no longer the color of mourning. Black was especially appreciated for its strong contrast to its surroundings, which was perceived as modern, whether in white metals such as silver or platinum, or even to the warm shine of gold. The ring here combines a rectangular, polished tablet of onyx with yellow gold and four small pearls. The delicate frame around the large stone is elegantly shaped to sweep in and out, still fully betraying the 19th century sense of style. The shape of the elongated ring, on the other hand, is quite typical of the early 20th century, when shuttle rings of all kinds and large designs covering an entire finger limb were all the rage. We therefore date the ring, which is richly detailed, to the years around 1910. The ring is very well preserved. According to its hallmark, it was made in Germany.

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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.