Vintage 1.14ctw Diamond Crossover Ring

$5,800.00
About Details History
Two stone rings like this one are also sometimes known as "toi et moi" rings (French for "you and me" ring), ostensibly named for the sapphire and diamond ring given to Josephine by Napoleon. This dynamic 14k white gold toi et moi engagement ring is rendered in a bold crossover style with diamond-studded, mirrored shoulders framing a pair of round brilliant cut diamonds of a combined 1.04ctw. 

 

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  • Materials: 14k white gold, 2 x .52ct round brilliant cut diamonds, 6 single cut diamonds approximately .10ctw
  • Age: c. 1950
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 6.25, can be resized; 2.4mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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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
Two stone rings like this one are also sometimes known as "toi et moi" rings (French for "you and me" ring), ostensibly named for the sapphire and diamond ring given to Josephine by Napoleon. This dynamic 14k white gold toi et moi engagement ring is rendered in a bold crossover style with diamond-studded, mirrored shoulders framing a pair of round brilliant cut diamonds of a combined 1.04ctw. 

 

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  • Materials: 14k white gold, 2 x .52ct round brilliant cut diamonds, 6 single cut diamonds approximately .10ctw
  • Age: c. 1950
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 6.25, can be resized; 2.4mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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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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