1940s Vaulted .25ct RBC Diamond Solitaire

$1,400.00
About Details History
This vintage 18k solitaire dates to the 1950s. The center stone, a .25ct round brilliant cut diamond, sparkles from a high white gold setting. The contrasting yellow gold mounting features curved shoulders that form a chic low frame for the main attraction.

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  • Materials: 18k two tone gold, .25ct round brilliant cut diamond
  • Age: c. 1950
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 4.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 1.5mm 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
This vintage 18k solitaire dates to the 1950s. The center stone, a .25ct round brilliant cut diamond, sparkles from a high white gold setting. The contrasting yellow gold mounting features curved shoulders that form a chic low frame for the main attraction.

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  • Materials: 18k two tone gold, .25ct round brilliant cut diamond
  • Age: c. 1950
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 4.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 1.5mm 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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