Vintage Gold Nugget Band

$1,200.00
About Details History

This wonderful and totally weird ring dates to 1927, 1960, and heavens knows when else. The wide band is 22k yellow gold with hallmarks for gold content, year (1927), and Birmingham, England. The interior is engraved "U.G.T. 1960". Hm. We can only speculate as to the reasons this ring was made, altered, and engraved. Maybe it was a wedding band, or a souvenir ring, or possibly a gold prospector's trophy. What is certain is that it is a very unusual, ultra cool, and a totally one-of-a-kind piece.

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  • Materials: 22k yellow gold band, 3 raw gold nuggets
  • Age: band c. 1927, addition of gold nuggets c. 1960
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: US 6.25, can be resized; 4.5mm width
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

 

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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 wonderful and totally weird ring dates to 1927, 1960, and heavens knows when else. The wide band is 22k yellow gold with hallmarks for gold content, year (1927), and Birmingham, England. The interior is engraved "U.G.T. 1960". Hm. We can only speculate as to the reasons this ring was made, altered, and engraved. Maybe it was a wedding band, or a souvenir ring, or possibly a gold prospector's trophy. What is certain is that it is a very unusual, ultra cool, and a totally one-of-a-kind piece.

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  • Materials: 22k yellow gold band, 3 raw gold nuggets
  • Age: band c. 1927, addition of gold nuggets c. 1960
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: US 6.25, can be resized; 4.5mm width
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

 

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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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