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Retro 18K Gold and Rose-cut Diamond Ring

Created in Belgium in the late 1930s or 1940s, this 18K gold and platinum ring is set with rose-cut diamonds. The bold 18k gold form centers a deep reverse curve set with an arch of round, rose-cut diamonds within a rectangular platinum surround, vertically centered by rounded double gold bands. Compact in form, but abounding in high style, this ring makes creative use of the geometry of reverse curves, arches, and oblongs, enhanced by contrasts of color, texture and light versus shadow, for a playful take on the streamlined industrial forms of the era.

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Item #: R-21114
Country: Belgium
Circa: Late 1930s-1940s
Size: 6 (this ring can be sized; please contact the gallery for further information)
Materials: 3 rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.45 carat); 18K Gold; Platinum
Signed: Belgian assay marks

Jewelers drew inspiration from a wide variety of artistic movements in the 1930s and 1940s, from industrial innovations including the gaspipe and tank, as well as architectural forms such as the skyscraper. They addressed the revolutionary changes occurring in society and their powerful associations with strength, change and speed in the shapes of their jewels, expressing the streamlined curves and bold shapes in miniature, sculpted forms. By the mid 1930s, many French jewelers had already returned to gold for its suitability to express some of these new ideas.