High contrast composition

Powerful ring with old cut diamond & onyx in red gold, around 1930

Still reserved for mourning in the 19th century, jewellery with black stones became an elegant fashion statement in the Art Deco era. Modern and avant-garde, shiny onyx cut into tablets offered a charming contrast to the sparkle of diamonds or the soft lustre of light pearls. This contrast of black and white is also the theme of the present ring. An octagonally cut, smoothly polished onyx plate serves as the ring head. An old-cut diamond of about 0.22 ct is set in a platinum setting in the center. The composition is held in place by a gold frame decorated with volutes and stylized blossoms in relief. This type of gold relief is familiar from jewellery that predates the ring by a good century - it was also popular in the 1820s and 1830s. This creates another charming contrast through the modernity of the onyx alongside the historicity of its setting. Like much early 20th century jewelry, the ring is crafted of warm rose gold. Originally, it shone a rich yellow due to an additional layer of fine gold, but this wore off over the years and is only preserved in the depths. This gives the gold a special depth and the ring shines in a particularly warm gold tone. The ring is in very good condition. It is powerful in size and can be worn by both ladies and gentlemen.

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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.