This magnificent vintage Art Deco design rectangle-shaped ring is crafted in Platinum and features a cushion-cut 2.25ct Sapphire, 0.10ct Baguette Cut Diamonds, and Brilliant Cut Diamonds.
Details: ±2.25ct Sapphire, ±0.10ct Baguette Cut Diamond, Brilliant Cut Diamond, Platinum Ring.
Dispatches from a small business in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Size: 17.73 NL / 55.7 FR / 7½ US / O½ UK, sizeable (Within reason. Contact seller for information).
Dimensions: H 0.6 x L 0.7 x W 0.9 cm.
Weight in grams: 3.3.
Condition: Excellent condition – barely used with minimal signs of wear.
Art Deco received its moniker from the Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, which was largely dedicated to the jewelry arts. Emphasis was placed on the association of art and modern industry. Inspiration for this style was as far reaching as Oriental, African and South American Art and as varied as Cubism and Fauvism, both popular movements at the time. The term "Cubism" was often used to describe jewelry of this era because of the angles, geometric lines and figurative representations used in its execution. A desire to eliminate the flowing lines of Art Nouveau and distill designs to their rudimentary geometric essence, thus eliminating seemingly unnecessary ornament, resulted in the cleaner and more rigid lines employed in Art Deco jewelry. A look forward toward modernism and the machine age also featured prominently at this juncture in jewelry history.
The most popular form of sapphire is blue sapphire, which is known for its medium to deep blue colour and strong saturation. Fancy sapphires of various colours are also available. In the United States, blue sapphire tends to be the most popular and most affordable of the three major precious gemstones (emerald, ruby, and sapphire).
Baguette Cut Diamond
The baguette diamond cut has a rectangular shape and belongs to the group of the so-called step cuts, which are made with parallel facets arranged in a terrace-like fashion. Baguette-cut diamonds usually have 14 facets and come in smaller carat weights than other cuts.
Brilliant Cut Diamond
In the early 1900s, diamond cutters began to experiment with new techniques. A breakthrough came in 1919 with the introduction of the round brilliant cut. Due to its ability to maximize fire and brilliance, the round brilliant cut has become the standard and most popular way to cut diamonds. Like the old European cut, a round brilliant cut diamond has a circular girdle and 58 facets. However, the round brilliant cut lacks a culet. The round brilliant cut became prevalent during the Art Deco and Retro periods.
The element platinum derives its name from the Spanish Platina del Pinto which translates to 'little silver from the Pinto' (said to be a river near Popayan, Columbia in which alluvial platinum was first found by the Spanish Conquistadors). Its white metallic luster leaves little doubt as to why the Spanish chose the name.
Platinum belongs to a group of elements, fittingly called the platinum group of metals. Apart from platinum the group comprises Osmium, Iridium, Palladium, Rhodium and Ruthenium. Platinum is often found as natural alloys containing one or more of these other elements and it wasn't until 1804 that all but one of the elements were isolated and named.
Platinum is malleable, ductile and very strong. In addition, it does not tarnish and it doesn't corrode making it a highly prized metal and extremely suitable for the manufacture of fine jewelry.
17.73 NL / 55.7 FR / 7½ US / O½ UK
H 0.6 x L 0.7 x W 0.9 cm
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Excellent condition – barely used with minimal signs of wear