Art Deco diamond engagement ring made by Belais in the 1920’s
This Art Deco diamond engagement ring was made by the Belais Manufacturing Company in America in their very own 18 carat white gold.
Coming from the Art Deco era that was between the 1920’s to the 1940’s, this is a wonderful and exciting example of a genuine Art Deco diamond engagement ring that produced during this era.
A brief history on the Belais Manufacturing Co.
Â Founded David Belais, the Belais Manufacturing Company was among one of the first manufacturers of white gold. During World War One there were heavy restrictions on platinum which was being used for the war effort as it is a strategic metal used in making rifle and engine parts, explosives and the making of armaments.
Â Because of this, David Belais and his jewellers experimented with various other alloys to make white gold as a substitute for platinum, as until then, there was only yellow or rose gold available to be made. In 1917, David Belais presented his formula, and a patent was applied for on October 5, 1918, and granted a few months later on February 10, 1920. The formula in his patent was an 18 carat white gold alloy composed of gold, zinc, and nickel which was then used extensively by his workshop to produce white gold jewellery.
His 18 carat white gold actually became so popular, that during the 1920s, white gold was sometimes referred to as â€śBelais metal.â€ť
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