"Retro" chic for the finger

Late Art Deco: Exciting diamond ring in gold, 1940s

In jewellery, as in fashion, shapes and trends are subject to constant change. What was just out of fashion can be all the rage again in the next moment. This phenomenon can also be seen in the development of Art Deco. While cool platinum undisputedly dominated the jewelry world in the 1920s and early 30s, colored gold experienced an astonishing comeback starting in 1935. In the course of the so-called Retro Jewellery, the once delicate shapes also became significantly more voluminous and gave the jewellery an expressive presence. The ring here speaks to this powerful formal language of late Art Deco: crafted in yellow and white gold, it displays an impressive, idiosyncratic shape. The wide, shiny polished rail widens to form the ring head and presents a stylized loop shape set with sparkling gemstones. A total of nine diamonds in historic cuts transform the ring head into a veritable firework of white light reflections. Delicate shadow gaps provide a beautiful plasticity to the ring, caused by targeted shading. The perfectly crafted ring is also beautiful when viewed from the side. There, the undercadding dissolves into a flowing play of curved surfaces. The ring was created in the late 1940s and is a unique statement piece that is an unmissable eye-catcher with its characterful shape. It found its way to us in the Rhineland.

The 1920s brought a new style to the world of jewellery with Art Deco: geometric abstractions, noble materials and luxurious fittings were sought after and supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their colleagues in Berlin and overseas. The longer and wider the style spread, the more developed the forms became. In France and the USA, for example, a special form of late Art Deco called "retro" jewellery emerged in the years after 1930: The shapes became stronger, more corporeal, the volumes larger and the jewellery once again more sumptuous, with the colourfulness of the stones and metal used playing a major role. The fashion of the time preferred jewels in yellow or red gold to those in platinum or white gold, and coloured stones replaced diamonds in their popularity. The surfaces of the gold were fanned out geometrically and the jewels were conceived almost like cubist architectures.

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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.