This lovely 1940s wedding band was produced by jewelers Bailey Banks & Biddle. Established in Philadelphia in 1841 under the name "Bailey & Kitchen", Bailey Banks & Biddle found fame through a commission from the US government to update the official seal of the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Their design remains the official version of the seal still used to this day. This striking band from the illustrious triple B's is fashioned in two tone 14k gold with sapphire baguettes and single cut diamonds. The decorative hoop features a star motif at the shoulders and the back of the band as well as attractive fluted edges. This ring is a size 6 and cannot be resized.
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.