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1940s Rose Cut Diamond Open Book Ring

$2,200.00
About Details History
This fantastic ring is modeled in 18k rose gold and silver in the shape of an open book, its pages sparkling with bright rose cut diamonds rather than text. There are seemingly endless metaphors to be found here, the most obvious being "learning is like a search for hidden treasure." Or something like that. This ring would make a wonderful gift for a scholar, a bibliophile or a recent graduate.

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  • Materials: 18k rose gold, silver, 21 1.9mm (approx.) rose cut diamonds
  • Age: c. 1940
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 9.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 1.03cm head, 4.2mm shank, 5.7mm rise off the finger
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RETRO (1935 - 1945) World War II marked the shift from Art Deco to retro, as yet another war (and the subsequent materials rations) dictated what was available on the jewelry market. Platinum was reserved for military use, so jewelers began relying heavily on gold and experimenting with colored alloys and different finishes. Retro jewelry designs are marked by asymmetry, motifs borrowed from industrial design, and exaggerated scale. Thanks to a hugely successful advertising campaign begun in the 1940s and funded by De Beers, the phrase “a diamond is forever” was coined and diamond rings were touted as the ONLY acceptable type of engagement ring. Carefully worded ads instructed men on how to choose a stone, and what to spend (“two months salary!”). The Gemological Institute of America developed the so-called “4Cs” of diamond grading, which was a scientific system for measuring the color, clarity, cut and carat weight of every single diamond. The costume jewelry industry, having only been established a few decades before, began to flourish. Centered in Providence, Rhode Island, and surrounding New England towns, companies like Trifari, Monet, Hobe, and Vendome prospered as consumers gobbled up inexpensive machine-made jewels.
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About Details History
This fantastic ring is modeled in 18k rose gold and silver in the shape of an open book, its pages sparkling with bright rose cut diamonds rather than text. There are seemingly endless metaphors to be found here, the most obvious being "learning is like a search for hidden treasure." Or something like that. This ring would make a wonderful gift for a scholar, a bibliophile or a recent graduate.

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  • Materials: 18k rose gold, silver, 21 1.9mm (approx.) rose cut diamonds
  • Age: c. 1940
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 9.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 1.03cm head, 4.2mm shank, 5.7mm rise off the finger
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RETRO (1935 - 1945) World War II marked the shift from Art Deco to retro, as yet another war (and the subsequent materials rations) dictated what was available on the jewelry market. Platinum was reserved for military use, so jewelers began relying heavily on gold and experimenting with colored alloys and different finishes. Retro jewelry designs are marked by asymmetry, motifs borrowed from industrial design, and exaggerated scale. Thanks to a hugely successful advertising campaign begun in the 1940s and funded by De Beers, the phrase “a diamond is forever” was coined and diamond rings were touted as the ONLY acceptable type of engagement ring. Carefully worded ads instructed men on how to choose a stone, and what to spend (“two months salary!”). The Gemological Institute of America developed the so-called “4Cs” of diamond grading, which was a scientific system for measuring the color, clarity, cut and carat weight of every single diamond. The costume jewelry industry, having only been established a few decades before, began to flourish. Centered in Providence, Rhode Island, and surrounding New England towns, companies like Trifari, Monet, Hobe, and Vendome prospered as consumers gobbled up inexpensive machine-made jewels.
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