Ladies favorite

Glamorous retro style cocktail ring with aquamarine in gold, around 1940

Aquamarine is the blue variety of the mineral beryl, to which the emerald also belongs. Its sometimes bluish sea-green, then again clear-blue color as well as its high clarity and brilliance led to the fact that it has always been associated with the sea. In fact, this also gave it its name, which is derived from the Latin "aqua marina," sea water. Especially in the second third of the 20th century, when people wore the so-called Retro Style - a late variety of Art Deco - the blue gemstone advanced to become an undisputed favorite of the jewelry world. Not only did its cool color make it an ideal match for Art Deco designs, but fashion in those years called for large gemstones - and although precious, aquamarine is far more commonly found in large crystals than, say, ruby or sapphire. This hand-forged ring from around 1940 presents an aquamarine of particularly clear color and weighing about 7.70 ct. The light blue gemstone is shaped in a classic scissor cut and reflects the incident light in a variety of ways. Wide framing with sweeps and spirals betrays the design language of retro style. Bright platinum accents and four small diamond roses further enrich the piece of jewelry. Created in Germany, the ring is a statement piece that beautifully illustrates the taste of that era. The ring is striking, large and gorgeous - and sometimes what more could you want?

Once cocktail rings were considered rebellious, because they make a clear statement: In the 1920s, ladies in the U.S. wore these large pieces of jewelry to parties where alcohol was served despite Prohibition, often disguised in colorful cocktails. Prominently placed on the index finger of the left hand, the message was clear: Look, I have fun in life and know how to enjoy it! Today, there are no more illegal cocktail parties, at least not for adults - but "statement pieces" are still large cocktail rings today and with their often lush trim stand for a good-humored luxury. Today they are worn not only on ceremonial occasions like on the red carpets, galas or award ceremonies, where it glitters and sparkles on the fingers of the prominent ladies, but whenever you feel like it!

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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.