We love these Deco half eternity bands-- the shape and style is always clean and classic, but subtle details make each piece distinct. On this ring, three faceted sapphires alternate with four transitional cut diamonds across an 18k white gold mounting. The bead-set diamonds sparkle within white gold rectangles of the same proportion as the sapphires; this pattern of white and blue creates a pleasing checkerboard effect. The shoulders are slightly squared and the north and south sides of the setting are engraved with an abstract foliate design. This ring is currently a petite size 3.75, it can be sized up to no larger than a 5.5.
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.