This knockout of an Art Deco engagement ring is made in platinum with a bold square head set with a .84ct old European cut diamond (G-H/VS1). The diamond is offset with alternating stripes of single cut diamonds and French cut sapphires. And the show doesn't stop there! The shoulders are beautifully articulated with foliate open work, delicate milgrain, and a smattering of bright diamonds, and the gallery is rendered is elongated teardrop shapes, each punctuated with yet more diamonds. Really sensational. This ring comes with an EGL diamond certificate and appraisal for the center stone.
ART DECO (1915 – 1940)
Art Deco is highly recognizable for its minimalism and futurism. Simultaneous art movements—Cubism, Bauhaus—informed the geometric style, along with “exotic” foreign influences like the Ballet Russe. Motifs like ziggurats and sunbursts, stripped of visual clutter, conveyed the optimism of an increasingly technological world.
In jewelry, the predominant use of white metals let colorful gems take center stage. Stones that were opaque and true in color, like lapis lazuli, onyx, jade, coral, and opal were worked into designs alongside more precious and brilliant gems, like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Extra-long beaded necklaces and tasseled “sautoirs” followed the narrow flapper silhouette.
The baguette cut was an Art Deco innovation, and the decade saw increased use of other angular diamond cuts, like the precise caliber cut and the emerald cut. Synthetic gems, like sapphires, were celebrated as a scientific marvel. Marcel Tolkowsky, 21 years old at the time, published the design for the round brilliant cut in 1919.