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WWI Gold for Iron Ring

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The first gold-for-iron campaign began in 1813 in what is now Germany. To fund the Prussian effort to repel the forces of Napoleon, citizens were urged to donate their gold to the state and were given a piece of iron jewelry (what we now call Berlin iron) in return. The drive for gold was quite successful, in fact, it was so successful that wearing gold during this period of war was frowned upon and seen as unpatriotic. Fast forward a century and we come to the second crusade to fund a war with private gold, this time at the outset of WWI. Modeled on the success of Berlin iron, the Habsburgs of Austro-Hungary encouraged the citizenry to make the empire a gift of their gold and silver and were given a piece of iron jewelry in it's place. The war chest effort was not particularly effective this time around, and as we all know, the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell at the end of the first world war. This unusual iron band decorated ornately decorated with layers of leaves, the initial "E" beneath a crown and the year 1915 engraved along the back of the hoop most likely came from this war effort. The ring is a wide 10.6mm at the face and is an unsizable size 8.5.

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  • Materials: iron
  • Age: 1915
  • Condition: Very good - some minor spots of oxidation
  • Size: 8.5, cannot be resized; 10.6mm width at the face, 7.9mm width at the narrowest point of the shank
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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About Details History
The first gold-for-iron campaign began in 1813 in what is now Germany. To fund the Prussian effort to repel the forces of Napoleon, citizens were urged to donate their gold to the state and were given a piece of iron jewelry (what we now call Berlin iron) in return. The drive for gold was quite successful, in fact, it was so successful that wearing gold during this period of war was frowned upon and seen as unpatriotic. Fast forward a century and we come to the second crusade to fund a war with private gold, this time at the outset of WWI. Modeled on the success of Berlin iron, the Habsburgs of Austro-Hungary encouraged the citizenry to make the empire a gift of their gold and silver and were given a piece of iron jewelry in it's place. The war chest effort was not particularly effective this time around, and as we all know, the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell at the end of the first world war. This unusual iron band decorated ornately decorated with layers of leaves, the initial "E" beneath a crown and the year 1915 engraved along the back of the hoop most likely came from this war effort. The ring is a wide 10.6mm at the face and is an unsizable size 8.5.

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  • Materials: iron
  • Age: 1915
  • Condition: Very good - some minor spots of oxidation
  • Size: 8.5, cannot be resized; 10.6mm width at the face, 7.9mm width at the narrowest point of the shank
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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