From another world?

Retro style gold ring with antique diamonds, Germany circa 1940

This rose gold ring looks as if a UFO had landed: on a wide ring rail, we see a flat dome set with a total of five cushion-shaped diamonds in bezel settings. While the largest diamond adorns the center, the other four stones show up distributed on each of the main coordinates. Fine granulation spheres frame the center stone and form four-piece ornaments between the smaller stones. What seems futuristic to us actually transports us to another world - or rather, two other worlds at once: According to their cuts, the diamonds used here are 18th-century stones that probably once formed the face of a narrow gold ring in a row next to each other. They can be dated by their old ship shapes, which were already unusual in the early 20th century. In the years around 1940, this precious setting then found its way into this newly forged ring, on which they now resemble the showcases of a futuristic UFO. From the late 1930s onwards, the great jewellery houses of the metropolises in particular developed a variety of Art Deco known to us today as the "retro style". It was distinguished by warm gold tones and expansive shapes from the cool, graphic designs in diamond-studded platinum that had characterized the decade before. Soon this new style spread throughout the Western world. The reason for such a serious change in style was not due to a pure desire for change. Platinum, for example, was no longer available to goldsmiths in sufficient quantities at the beginning of the World War, which is why the change of material to gold was not only voluntary. Likewise, the trade routes for the delivery of precious gemstones were interrupted due to the war, which is why one had to rely on already available gemstones during these years. This gives the jewellery of the 1940s a special unique character. Because making a virtue out of necessity - that's what the goldsmiths of the late 1930s and 1940s were excellent at! The hallmark on the inside of the ring shows that the piece of jewellery was made in Germany. It came to us from the Rhineland.

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