Art Deco of the 1930s

Antique hand-forged gold ring with tourmaline & diamonds, circa 1935

A bottle-green tourmaline in a rectangular staircase cut and six small diamonds form the central setting in this ring from the 1930s. The ring of yellow and red gold with platinum diamond settings displays the formal language of late German Art Deco with its sweeping, dynamic design. After the undisputed dominance of white jewels in the 1910s and 1920s, yellow and rose gold and colored gemstones became increasingly popular again in the 1930s and 1940s. Now here eis a concave curved disc of polished rose gold that effectively sets off the green tourmaline. Tourmaline is a gemstone that is able to captivate almost all gemstone lovers with its diverse play of colours: from blue, to yellow, pink and green, tourmalines occur in almost all shades. At the same time, its wonderful radiance has made tourmaline one of the most valued gemstones since time immemorial. In its expressive form, the hand-forged ring is a typical piece of jewellery from the 1930s that is as decorative and elegant today as it was then.

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 Paris and the USA, a special variety of late Art Deco emerged in the years after 1930, which in the USA is called "retro" jewellery: The forms became stronger, more corporeal, and the jewellery once again more splendid. Fashion now preferred pieces of jewellery made of yellow or red gold to those made of platinum or white gold, and coloured stones replaced diamonds in popularity. The surfaces of the gold were fanned out geometrically and the jewels were conceived almost like cubist architectures.

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