Glamorous Art Deco ring with green tourmaline & diamonds, circa 1935

Among all pieces of jewellery, rings in particular have been charged with special meaning throughout history. They were used to seal contracts, alliances and marriages, and were given as gifts as a sign of friendship and love, but also as a memorial to the deceased. Even in the 19th century it was therefore common for a woman to wear numerous rings on her hand, all of which were charged with sentimental significance. The purely decorative ring as we know it today only became established in the early 20th century. As a piece of jewellery with a new, since purely decorative function, it was given a special name in English: "dress ring". With the introduction of the dress ring, the custom of wearing numerous rings with sentimental connotations changed. Instead, the focus was on pure aesthetics, a fitting composition of the rings worn. Thus, in 1929, one could read in Harper's Bazaar: "One no longer sees two or three rings worn on each finger. Elegant society wears a diamond ring as a wedding band and a large solitaire ring, usually a diamond, as an engagement ring, and then perhaps another dress ring to add to the effect of the dress." Accordingly, such a dress ring put the spotlight on a single, large colored gemstone. The Art Deco-era ring here is such a jewel; it is a piece of jewelry whose sole function is to cast its wearer in the most elegant light possible, and to complement her wardrobe in the most appropriate color. Its showpiece is a 3.70 ct staircase-cut faceted natural tourmaline of bottle-green color and wonderful clarity. A total of 32 diamonds contrast with the intensely colored gemstone. The stones are set in an elegant setting whose geometric yet sculptural design language is in keeping with the taste of the 1930s. The ring band is made of white gold, as was typical of the time, while the top of the ring head is made of platinum - a very common practice at the time, which also confirms the early origin of the ring. We have had an external appraisal made for the ring, which confirms the quality of the materials. It is delivered together with the beautifully preserved ring.

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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.