Less is a bore

Unusual vintage ring by Gio Caroli with diamonds in gold, Italy circa 1985

"Less is more!" asserted Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to express the ideals of modernism and the Bauhaus. Robert Venturi, the most famous architect of postmodernism, reformulated this sentence a good 60 years later in his own sense: "Less is a bore", in other words: "Less is boring"! And in this way he expressed not least the sense of style and the will to form of the 1980s in a catchy slogan. The ring presented here by the Italian designer Gio Caroli was created in this spirit, as it combines the design ideas of two ring types into one wonderful model. Created in the 1980s, the ring is both sumptuous and playful, showcasing the Italian penchant for high karat gold and fine gemstones. The gleaming polished ring first presents a band ring that appears intertwined, composed of a yellow gold hoop and a curved half-memory ring of a lighter gold alloy placed on top. Here, eleven white brilliant-cut diamonds of wonderful quality are set. A classic solitaire in a slightly different gold colour nestles against this. Firmly attached to the curved band ring is a lemon yellow fancy-colour diamond weighing about half a carat and of wonderful purity. The result is a wide ring that looks like two or even three rings and yet forms a harmonious whole. With its combination of precious materials and playful theme, it is a magnificent eye-catcher on the finger. Italian jewellery design of the 1980s in wonderful quality!

All times have their fashions, and all fashions have their effects on the realm of jewelry as well. Jewellery of the 1980s is an often beautiful, and always impressive, testimony to a time of optimism and abundance: the oil crisis seemed to be over, Wall Street was flourishing - people sipped cocktails and paid by credit card, everything seemed possible. At the same time, a new image of women emerged. Self-confident and tough, asserting herself at work, in the face of men, successful, with broad shoulder pads and high heels, she adorned herself with rings, necklaces and brooches in hitherto unusual dimensions, with reflective surfaces of yellow gold and rich trimmings of coloured gemstones. A lot of costume jewellery was created, as the jewellery made of real materials would have been unaffordable for most women, so large and heavy were they intended to appear. But real jewellery was also produced in large numbers in the USA and Europe, of course.

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