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René Lalique Art Nouveau Natural Pearl, Diamond and Plique-à-jour Enamel "Lierre" Ivy Ring

Dating from circa 1903-1905, this ring by the Art Nouveau jeweler René Lalique is composed of enamel, pearl, and diamonds. It is designed as two opposed leaves of pale green plique-à-jour enamel on curving green enamel vines, and trailing old mine-cut diamond buds with black enamel tips, all framing a natural white button pearl, completed by an enamel vine in shades of green serving as the shank. Twining around the finger in the manner of ivy itself, and conveying the translucency of leaves in sunlight, this delicate jewel expresses both the tenacity and fragility of plant life.

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Item #: R-21378
Artist: René Lalique
Country: France
Circa: 1903-1905
Size: 5.75
Materials: 1 natural button pearl; 5 old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.12 carat); Enamel, 18K Gold

During the period 1903-1905, Lalique designed a series of rings derived from the botanical forms of gingko, mimosa and ivy, and annotated the designs with extensive notes. The series appears relates to this ring in depicting variations of leaves on a sinuous vine continuing into and completing the shank, and also including white berries touched with shadow. The design features in the collection of the Musée Lalique, Paris, and suggests this likely circa date.