Massive Retro Aquamarine Cocktail Ring

$1,600.00
About Details History

Aquamarine gets it's name from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning "sea water". In Ancient Greece, the stone was aligned with the god of the sea, Poseidon.  Aquamarine amulets carved with an image of the deity were often carried by sailors as protective talismans on ocean voyages. According to the New Age school of thinking, aquamarine is believed to open channels of communication and promote peace and harmony. This spectacular stone tends to grow in quite large crystals and was a popular choice used in the oversize gemstone cocktails rings of the Retro period. This c. 1950 ring is rendered in 14k yellow gold with a striking diamond-shaped lattice basket, articulated shoulders, and at the center, a vibrant 9.48ct aquamarine.

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold, 9.48ct aquamarine (13mm x 15mm)
  • Age: c. 1950
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: US 6, can be resized for an additional fee of $90
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Nolita, New York.
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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

Aquamarine gets it's name from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning "sea water". In Ancient Greece, the stone was aligned with the god of the sea, Poseidon.  Aquamarine amulets carved with an image of the deity were often carried by sailors as protective talismans on ocean voyages. According to the New Age school of thinking, aquamarine is believed to open channels of communication and promote peace and harmony. This spectacular stone tends to grow in quite large crystals and was a popular choice used in the oversize gemstone cocktails rings of the Retro period. This c. 1950 ring is rendered in 14k yellow gold with a striking diamond-shaped lattice basket, articulated shoulders, and at the center, a vibrant 9.48ct aquamarine.

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold, 9.48ct aquamarine (13mm x 15mm)
  • Age: c. 1950
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: US 6, can be resized for an additional fee of $90
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Nolita, New York.
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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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