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Jean Després Silver and Onyx Ring


Designed and manufactured by the artist himself in the late Art Deco period, this ring by Jean Després is made of black onyx and silver. The ring centers a sugarloaf black onyx cabochon, flanked by tiered, stepped shoulders in a square arched motif. With its polished, midnight black onyx cabochon, set in a gleaming handmade silver mount, this bold, architectural design holds enduring appeal for all collectors of jeweled modernism.

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Item #: R-20017 
Artist: Jean Després, Paris 
Country: France 
Circa: 1929 
Size: 7.5 (this ring may be resized, please contact us for further information) 
Materials: Sugarloaf cabochon black onyx; Silver 
Signed: Partial Jean Després signature with makers mark, and French silver assay mark 
Documentation/Literature: This ring pictured in Jean Després: Bijoutier et Orfèvre Entre Art Déco et Modernité, p. 104 (dating the ring to 1929)

Jean Després’ mission was to design modern, intellectual art jewelry for everyday wear, like the couture being created by his avant-garde contemporaries. He sought to meet the demands of the modern woman, avoiding ostentation, with creations that were massive, rather than fragile, representing strength and refined simplicity.