This Deco era eternity band is fashioned in palladium. Part of the platinum group of metals, palladium is one of the most rare and lustrous of them all, boasting a silvery-white color and singular strength. The origins of it's namesake stretch back all the way to the age of Greek mythology, harking back to the moment when Athena slays her sister and fellow goddess Pallas during a friendly battle of sibling rivalry. This elegant ring features an eternity chevron pattern along the entirety of it's north and south sides. The hoop's face is further adorned with stripes of fluting and edges are topped with a generous dusting of fine milgrain.
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.