High quality "vegetable ring" with emerald, diamonds and pearl, Germany circa 1950
The type of "vegetable" ring first appeared in Germany at the end of the 1920s and formed a warm, playful counter-design to the cool, graphic geometry of 1920s Art Deco. This type of ring got its name from its decoration with applied vines and leaves, from which pearls and gemstones peek out like ripe fruit. These golden tendrils and leaves wind around the oval, magnificently designed ring head, forged by hand. Embedded between them are wonderful hand-cut gemstones: First and foremost, a wonderful, large green emerald weighing about two carats with gorgeous transparency and color. An early cultured pearl supports the magnificent impression of the green gemstone with its delicate enamel. Four diamonds in the historic old cut are sparklingly set in between. The setting shines like colourful fruits and flowers in a precious golden garden. A simple, sturdy ring band holds the fanciful centerpiece and makes the ring wearable. Hand-forged in the 1930s, the ring thrives on its exuberant, almost wildly proliferating ornamentation and the quality of its trim. Thus it is at once a glimpse into the richness of nature (also through the beautiful gemstone setting) and yet at the same time an artistic artifact. It is very well preserved and shows a master mark of the letters "AI" inside. Some jewellery of this type can be found e.g. in Christianne Weber: Schmuck der 1920er und 1930er Jahre in Deutschland, Stuttgart 1990, which helps us to date our ring as well. A detailed expert opinion of the DeGeB is included with this ring.
The 1920s brought a new style to the world of jewellery with Art Deco: geometric abstractions, fine materials and luxurious fittings were sought after and supplied by goldsmiths in Vienna, London and Paris as well as by their colleagues in Berlin and overseas. In the years that followed, the style continued to evolve. The original fascination with clear geometries was now mixed with a new enthusiasm for bizarre, natural, irregular and surprising designs.
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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.