Snowdrift

Moonlight ring with 2.90 ct diamonds in platinum, late 1940s

To make a jewel made of diamonds - this frosty-white, cool and so incomparably hard stone - appear soft and picture-perfect is an art. This ring achieves just that: For around the large central solitaire of about 0.80 ct, 62 other diamonds have been set close together in a sculptural, slightly domed setting, giving the impression of a soft snow hill.3 The diamonds are held only by grained settings, which almost disappear in the light reflections of the diamonds to the naked eye. This way of setting diamonds close together is also called pavé, from French. Pavé. The pavé technique is one of the most demanding techniques in the setting trade - and when the surface is also curved, as it is here, a true master must be at work to get the gemstones to hold securely with only the tiny grains. Designs using this technique were implemented by the major jewellery houses in the 1940s, for example by Van Cleef & Arpels with their "Cadenas" watch (cf. David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, p. 397). Next to the white diamonds, the platinum recedes completely, creating a noble, icy-white impression. Only a gallery formed of white struts slightly raises the ring head and a delicate ring rail nestles around the finger. The ring is in very good condition and is a wonderful, unusual example of a late Art Deco hand-forged jewel. A hallmark inside the ring rail reveals that the ring was imported to Vienna after 1922, but before 2001. We were also able to discover it there.

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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.

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