Early 20th Century French Burnished Diamond Solitaire

$1,400.00
About Details History
This perfectly burnished ring has a clear, bright diamond at it's center and a lovely x-shaped star cutout beneath. Clearly stamped on the outside of the band are two hallmarks: one, an eagle's head, which since 1838 in France has represented an item that is made of a minimum of 18k gold. There's a second hallmark, too - the gold band is so burnished that it's hard to make out, but we think it's the weevil (!) which means this ring was imported. Fascinating.   

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  • Materials: 18k gold, .19ct round brilliant cut diamond
  • Age: c. 1920
  • Condition: very good. 
  • Size: currently this ring is a US size 7.25, but it can be resized for an additional fee of $90. Hoop is 3.6mm, head measures 7.4mm wide. 
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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.
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About Details History
This perfectly burnished ring has a clear, bright diamond at it's center and a lovely x-shaped star cutout beneath. Clearly stamped on the outside of the band are two hallmarks: one, an eagle's head, which since 1838 in France has represented an item that is made of a minimum of 18k gold. There's a second hallmark, too - the gold band is so burnished that it's hard to make out, but we think it's the weevil (!) which means this ring was imported. Fascinating.   

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  • Materials: 18k gold, .19ct round brilliant cut diamond
  • Age: c. 1920
  • Condition: very good. 
  • Size: currently this ring is a US size 7.25, but it can be resized for an additional fee of $90. Hoop is 3.6mm, head measures 7.4mm wide. 
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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.
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