White as snow
Classic Art Deco plaque ring with diamonds in white gold & platinum, circa 1930
Jewelry in pure white - that has been the dream of jewelry designers since the late 19th century. But technical possibilities put a stop to this dream for some time. White diamonds were available, but the tricky part was finding the right metal. At first, only silver was commonly used to create white jewelry from, but the metal tarnishes and can leave discolorations on skin and clothing. Then, from the years around 1900, platinum was used more and more, but it was difficult to work with and the metal was still much more expensive than gold, so here it usually remained with thin layers of platinum on the front of the pieces. When the Pforzheim entrepreneur Karl Richter registered the patent for white gold in 1914, this seemed to be the solution. But the early white gold alloys were still quite yellowish and also somewhat brittle, so that the fronts of these jewelry pieces usually still bore a layer of platinum in favor of a whiter color and finer finish of the surface. This unusual combination of metals is quite peculiar to Art Deco jewels and lets us be quite sure that this ring is also an original from the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic. Besides the typical design in rectangular shield shape and the choice of metal, it is also the diamonds that speak for a creation in the years around 1930. These are transitional cut diamonds, which together weigh just over a quarter carat. They occupy the center of the ring and are surrounded by finely textured platinum, which offers the eye a variety of details. The beautiful ring is in very good condition. A classic piece of jewelry from the height of Art Deco!
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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.