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Seductive Art Deco ring with emerald & diamonds, Czechoslovakia circa 1935

From a quality colored gemstone emanates a very special magic: For the intense color of light, the brilliance and depth with which natural gemstones seduce us, all these impressions cannot be compared with other materials and are always quite individual. The ring here presents such a wonderful gemstone in its center with its large, intense green emerald. The step cut stone is securely held by a milgrain decorated band. Few inclusions shimmering crystalline in the light enrich its appearance. They form the so-called "jardin" (jardin = French for garden): If you tilt the ring slightly to the side, they shine inside the stone. In places they come right up to the surface of the panel, in other places they draw the eye into the stone. It is as if one looks from a clearing into a beckoning thicket. A wreath of white old European cut diamonds provides a dignified setting for the precious stone. They take away some of the austerity of the ring, but give the piece of jewelry a straightforwardness that is typical of the Art Deco era and distinguishes it from the previous cloying playfulness of the Belle Époque. The hallmark of the ring confirms that it was made in Czechoslovakia in the years between 1929 and 1941. Its design shows that the formal language of Art Deco was not only implemented in the large metropolises such as Paris, Berlin or Vienna, but was also spoken in wonderful quality in the smaller countries of the continent. Especially in Eastern Central Europe, the Art Deco style was extremely popular and in the short interwar period not only glamorous jewels of that style were created, but also arts and crafts and architecture experienced a cultural flowering through it. In order to have the quality of the emerald and the other materials of the ring independently verified, we have given the piece of jewelry to a renowned gemological laboratory in Idar-Oberstein. The appraisal produced there is delivered with the ring and proves the natural origin of the emerald and the diamonds.

The name of the emerald probably comes from the Latin "Smaragdus", which in turn is taken from the Greek "Smaragdos". The emerald was first mined around 1300 BC in Egypt, which dominated the emerald trade in the Mediterranean for a long time. Only with the conquest of South America by the Spaniards was their trading position broken, since there were also rich emerald deposits there. The emerald is one of the most valuable gemstones and has always had a very high value in many cultures. The ancient Egyptians recognized early the healing powers of emerald, but especially its effect on the eyes. Pliny the Elder wrote about it in 77 AD: "If the eyes are weakened, they are strengthened again by looking at the emerald. The gentle green of the stone drives away dullness". Nero, for example, is said to have worn an emerald as a monocle to strengthen his eyes, and it is also said of Cleopatra that she supported her beauty and youth by wearing emeralds. The emerald was already mentioned in the Bible and was considered in the Revelation of John as the fourth of the twelve foundation stones of the Jerusalem city wall.

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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.