This delicate gypsy Early Century (1910-1940) ring features Single Cut Diamond crafted in 9ct. Birmingham 1938.
Materials: Diamond, 9ct.
Size: 16.71 NL / 52.5 FR / 6¼ US / M UK, sizeable (Within reason. Contact seller for information).
Dimensions: H 0.2 x W 0.8 cm.
Weight in grams: 2.
Condition: Very good condition – slightly used with small signs of wear.
Although buffeted by cycles of boom, depression, and war, jewelry design between the 1910s and 1950s continued to be both innovative and glamorous. Sharp, geometric patterns celebrated the machine age, while exotic creations inspired by the Near and Far East hinted that jewelry fashions were truly international. New York now rivaled Paris as a center for fashion, and European jewelry houses could expect to sell to, as well as buy from, the Indian subcontinent.
Dense concentrations of gemstones are characteristic of Art Deco jewelry. From about 1933 gold returned to fashion, partly because it was cheaper than platinum.
Artists and designers from other fields also became involved in jewelry design. Their work foreshadows the new directions jewelry would take.
A single cut diamond has a large table and an octagonal girdle. The culet, or bottom edge of the diamond, may be pointed or it may be flat. A single cut diamond usually has 18 facets. The single cut is an extremely old diamond cut dating to the 1300s.
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.