Special Jewel of the month
An Art Deco ruby and diamond ring with a curved top
A STRIKING ART DECO RUBY AND DIAMOND RING FROM THE PERIOD LEADING INTO RETRO.
Jewellery design never stands still for long.
Art Deco jewellery was partly an evolution from Edwardian jewellery but also a response to world events of the early twentieth century, World War 1, its aftermath and changing sensibilities. Initially the flapper and her jewellery became one of the most recognisable popular representations of this sensibility. By the 1930s this woman had grown up. Jewellery became bigger, bolder, but at the same time more feminine and most often white. In short diamonds and platinum for fine jewellers. As the late thirties progressed designs started to evolve towards the shapes, scale and colour associated with the Retro period. The very short period between late Art Deco and Retro periods produced striking and fascinating jewellery which shares features of both periods. This ring from circa 1935 falls into this category.
The ring is still in high quality platinum and set mainly with white transition cut diamonds, one of the cuts you would expect to see in an Art Deco ring but the accents are vibrant red rubies in geometric baguette, square and sugarloaf cabochon cuts. These were new cuts or cuts which became increasingly popular with the Art Deco geometric aesthetic. The barrel shape and exaggerated curves of the ring which became more prominent in late Art Deco jewellery evolved into the bold barrel and curved shapes often featured in yellow gold in Retro jewellery. Colourful gems- both the more valuable gems of ruby, sapphire and emerald continued to be used in Retro jewellery but also colourful citrine, amethyst and aquamarine amongst others, reflecting the straitened economic times after World War 11. The ring is bolder and heavier in feel and in the band, the gallery simpler and more strictly geometric than earlier Art Deco jewellery -again anticipating the simpler shapes to come in the Retro period.
Jewellery from this short in- between period appeals to the modern sensibility with its mix of practical boldness and wearability- a modern feel which still includes fascinating period detail, the fine workmanship of the period and the unique sense of history on the finger.
A very Special Jewel at a Special Price during May.