Sparkling shield

Timeless diamond ring in white gold & platinum, Art Deco circa 1930

In the era of Art Deco, a new form for jewelry began its triumph: The flat shield, designed as a basic geometric shape and also called a "plaque." The shape accommodated the period's preference for geometric forms, for jewelry designs that presented their decoration two-dimensionally rather than sculpturally. Above all, this jewelry form was perfectly suited to show off the refined workmanship of the time. The ring presented here is an example of this type. The ring face is designed in plaque form and is textured all over with fine details. Shadow gaps and millegrains form meticulous geometric shapes, with no recourse to figural borrowings or even bright colors. In the center, three old-cut diamonds shine in an elegant row, enriching the cool monochrome with their brilliance. The ring is made of white gold, but the face is made of platinum. This metal combination was widespread at the time, as early white gold alloys still had a slight yellow tint and platinum can also be worked more finely. Numerous pieces of jewelry of this type can be found in antique German Art Deco jewelry catalogs. This ring, too, was most likely created in Germany, in the years around 1930, and found its way to us from Nuremberg.

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