Here is a stunning diamond ring that no matter which way it is facing on your finger, will no doubt always be admired and commented on for its beautiful design and magnificent sparkle from the diamonds.
Hand made in 14 carat gold in the early 1900's, the flowing design is so typical of the Art Nouveau period and the design alone of the ring is captivating.
However it is the way the diamonds capture the light that will have this ring being admired from near or far.
Set with twenty European cut diamonds in the main section, these diamonds total 0.72 carats and highlight the flowing design beautifully.
Then there is the beautiful European cut diamond that sits elegantly at the end of the ring. This diamond measures 1.07 carats and certainly captures the light, and brings the total diamond weight to 1.79 carats.
Measuring an astonishing 21.6mm in length by 13.2mm across from one side of diamonds to the other, from every angle this ring is so beautiful and the fact that it is over 100 years old and still looks amazing, is a real testament to the jewellers of yesteryear.
$18,500 (On hold JP)
Art Nouveau diamond ring made in the early 1900's
The Art Nouveau era started in the 1890's and continued to the start of World War One in 1914. Whereas the Victorian era used a lot of symmetry, Art Nouveau jewellery started to use more "organic" styles as well as no longer being symmetrical. The term "whiplash design" is one that is often used to describe some Art Nouveau forms of jewellery.
With a style that is very feminine, Art Nouveau jewellery has a very soft, free flowing style. This has produced its very own distinct style and genre.
Materials and techniques not previously used before in jewellery making in Europe and the United Kingdom were now being used.
Enamelling was used quite extensively, and this was not limited to being used on "precious" metals such as gold. The use of silver became very popular as a metal to create jewellery that is still today breathtaking.
This included the wonderful enamelling technique of "plique a jour" a French term meaning "open to light" where the finished piece has transparent enamel held between the thin metal wires.
Other materials used during the Art Nouveau period was ivory, amber and blister pearls to name a few.
Some of the more famous jewellers of this period include Rene Lalique, Carl Faberge, George Fouquet, and Louis Tiffany. These were people who often did not limit themselves to just jewellery and from their factories produced some of the most breathtaking works of art in the form of lamps and lampshades, bowls and various other works of art.
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