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French Retro 18K White Gold and Diamond Ring

Created in France in the 1940s, in the Retro style, this diamond solitaire ring is mounted in 18K white gold. The central diamond, weighing 2.42 carats, L color, VS2 clarity, is flanked by a bombé stylized bow motif and vertical scrolls, the scrolls and shoulders accented with diamond melée. This charming, volumized diamond ring is infused with the boldness and fun of the Retro period.

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Item #: R-21106
Country: France
Circa: 1940s
Size: 6
Materials: 1 transitional-cut diamond (weighing 2.42 carats with VS2 clarity and L color grade); 16 round-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.00 carat); 18K White Gold
Signed: Maker's mark for Truche, French assay marks
Documentation: Accompanied by GIA report #2221946829 dated May 18, 2023 stating that the diamond is L color, VS2 clarity, with faint fluorescence.

With platinum in great demand for the war effort, 1940s jewelers turned almost exclusively to gold. When creating jewels in colored 18K gold, the French often alloyed 24K gold with palladium, a platinum group metal with fewer industrial uses, or with a combination of iron and copper, to turn the gold whitish gray. In the U.S., nickel is often used to color gold a brighter white.