Every detail of this magnificent Art Deco ring is so well-considered, so beautifully proportioned, so dynamic that it wouldn't be exaggerating to say that it ranks among the finest engagement rings we've ever had on offer. The 1.10ct emerald cut diamond (F/VS2) is set east to west (this orientation is very au courant but somewhat unusual for the Deco era) and framed in a whopping 1ctw of single cut diamonds. The belled shoulders feature clean lines of openwork in a chevron pattern and finish in a swallowtail detail where they meet the hoop. This spectacular ring comes with a GIA diamond certificate 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.