A sparkling row

Unusual yellow & white gold ring with fiery diamonds, circa 1955

The first years of the young Federal Republic experienced a previously unseen increase in wealth and quality of life with the economic miracle. After the sorrows of wartime, the displays of the shops shone in a new luxury. Last but not least, jewellery and watches served to visibly display the new joie de vivre to the outside world. The style of the jewellery of these years was often oriented towards the late Art Déco, as it had determined the designs of the large goldsmith companies since the 1930s, especially in the USA and France: rich decoration, clear geometries and an exuberant sparkle of high-quality gemstones determined the picture. A sparkling row of five radiant diamonds of first-class quality form the noble setting of this ring, which was created in the 1950s. The wonderfully white sparkling stones are arranged across the finger and have a distinct presence that is further enhanced by the white gold carreau settings. They are Top Wesselton color quality stones in with a total weight of approximately 0.20 ct. On either side of the white gold settings, the yellow gold of the ring rises to form gentle arches that are openworked at the sides to create a magnificent structure. The ring is expressively crafted and perfectly combines its precious materials to create a successful late 1950s Art Deco design. A workshop mark inside the ring band and the punched-in carat weight identify the piece of jewellery as unique.

The term "Top Wesselton" was introduced in reference to a diamond mine named Wesselton, in which a particularly large number of diamonds in fine white were found. The mine itself is named after J. J. Wessels Senior, the owner of the Benaaudheidfonein farm, on which the Wesselton mine originated in 1890 as a result of diamond discoveries. The mine, which was active until 2005, is located in South Africa, near the border between the Cape Colony and the Orange River Colony. In 1891 the mine was taken over by the De Beers diamond group. The diamonds of the Wesselton Mine are characterized by their exceptionally good quality and their freedom from inclusions to the greatest possible extent. As in the case of the Top Wesselton, the other names such as River are derived from the places of origin of the diamonds so named. River-quality gemstones have been found primarily in alluvial deposits - that is, in rivers (source: Renesim).

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