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Vintage gold ring with jade cabochon, Germany circa 1965

In the course of the counter culture, but also of the economic miracle, which allowed many citizens to travel abroad, Far Eastern cultures experienced great interest in the 1960s in the West. This also manifested itself in various ways in fashion - for example, Western women in the 1960s also wore cheongsam dresses, traditional Chinese silk dresses. Jade, one of the most desirable gemstones in China and of high cultural significance, was also increasingly found in jewellery designs. A large cabochon of polished jade of a beautiful rich green color forms the setting of this pretty ring. A shank of 8-karat yellow gold presents the gemstone in a bezel setting. The simple ring shoulders show the design language of the late economic miracle era with their powerful and restrained volumes. The ring, which was created in Germany in the years around 1965, captivates with its simple form and the precious materials used. A pretty piece of jewellery with genuine jade.

China, the "Land of Smiles", has always fascinated Europe with its millennia-old culture. It is impossible to imagine European art of the last centuries without chinoiseries, Chinese arts and crafts, especially porcelain, were a status symbol at all European courts and a sign of discriminating taste. When long-distance travel became easier at the beginning of the 20th century, trade relations could be expanded and the Middle Kingdom suddenly moved closer, genuine Chinese arts and crafts also became affordable for the middle classes. There are many examples of the intensive reception of Far Eastern art by European artists in those years. The close connection between French Art Nouveau and the art of the Far East through Siegfried Bing's mediation in Paris is famous, for example.

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