Vintage English Signet Ring

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This vintage signet ring has a rosy undertone to the gold that can only be found in vintage 9k, plus tiny dings and scratches showing it's been in the world for awhile. Great proportions and shape. Clear hallmarks inside tell us it was made in London in 1950.

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  • Materials: 9k yellow gold
  • Age: hallmarked London 1950
  • Condition: excellent
  • Size: Currently this ring is a US size 6.25, but it can be resized for an additional fee of $90. 
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please 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 vintage signet ring has a rosy undertone to the gold that can only be found in vintage 9k, plus tiny dings and scratches showing it's been in the world for awhile. Great proportions and shape. Clear hallmarks inside tell us it was made in London in 1950.

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  • Materials: 9k yellow gold
  • Age: hallmarked London 1950
  • Condition: excellent
  • Size: Currently this ring is a US size 6.25, but it can be resized for an additional fee of $90. 
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please 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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