Delicate Art Deco ring with modern diamond, circa 1925 and later
White jewels, i.e. pieces of jewellery in white, celebrate light. The innovation of the electric light bulb turned night into day at the end of the 19th century. Consequently, jewellery could now shine in the evening as never before. At the grand balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. At the beginning of the 20th century, when first platinum and finally white gold found their way into the jewellers' shop windows, this white brilliance was complete, and night was turned into day. This delicate ring found its way to us here in Berlin. It presents a sparkling diamond of 0.22 ct in its oval face, accompanied by four small rose-cut diamonds. Fine sawn details structure the design and the elegant curve of the delicate ring band makes the design almost float. The 1920s ring has been restored once in recent times. In the process, the setting of the central diamond was strengthened and a new diamond in a modern brilliant cut was inserted. In addition, the ring has been completely rhodium-plated, so that it now shines uniformly white: just as the taste of its time of origin loved it.
Jewellery in elegant, cool and noble white - that has been the dream of jewellery designers since the late 19th century. But the technical possibilities put a stop to this dream for some time. Diamonds were available, but the tricky part was the question of the right metal. At first, only silver was available to create white jewelry from, but the metal tarnishes and can leave discolorations on skin and clothes. From the 1900s onwards, platinum was used more and more, but it was difficult to work with and much more expensive than gold, so that platinum was usually only used on the front of the pieces. It was not until 1912, when Pforzheim succeeded in producing white gold on a mass scale by cleverly alloying gold with other metals, that the way was clear for all-round white jewellery. However, it was to take until after the First World War for the new metal to really establish itself: with the fashion for Art Deco, however, there was no stopping it.
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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.