This beautiful signet Retro (1935-1950) ring features ±3.80ct Carnelian accented with Rose Cut Diamonds crafted in 14ct.
Materials: Carnelian, Diamond, 14ct.
Size: 19.15 NL / 60.2 FR / 9¼ US / S UK, sizeable (Within reason. Contact seller for information).
Dimensions: H 0.6 x L 2 x W 1.4 cm.
Weight in grams: 6,5.
Condition: Very good condition – slightly used with small signs of wear.
At the start of the 1940s the jewelry arts were interrupted by the onset of World War II. Precious metals, especially platinum, were rare and in some instances forbidden to be sold. Palladium was substituted for the platinum being used in the war effort. In order to eek the most out of the available gold, a low karat gold alloy was used with a higher copper percentage. This resulted in gold with a subtle but distinctive reddish tinge, indeed through the cunning use of alloys, gold appeared in multiple colors within a single piece. Gold was manipulated in various ways; woven, braided and coiled. Resilla, cannetille and lacy filigree patterns reappeared in jewelry. Various textures were juxtaposed within a design putting matte finish next to bright to accentuate the design. Gold became the quintessential jewelry metal of the 1940s and 50s.
Carnelian (or cornelian) is the translucent red variety of chalcedony which on its turn is a form of cryptocrystalline quartz. It's been known and used since antiquity when it was sourced off the surfaces of the Egyptian and Arabian deserts. The highliest prized carnelian has a true blood-red color.
Rose Cut Diamond
The rose cut features a flat bottom with a dome-shaped crown, rising to a single apex. With anywhere from 3 to 24 facets, a rose cut diamond resembles the shape of a rose bud. The rose cut dates to the 1500s and remained common during the Georgian and Victorian eras.
Because of the softness of pure (24k), it is usually alloyed with base metals for use in jewelry, altering its hardness and ductility, melting point, color and other properties. Alloys with lower carat rating, typically 22k, 18k, 14k or 9k, contain higher percentages of copper or other base metals or silver or palladium in the alloy. Copper is the most commonly used base metal, yielding a redder color.