Art Deco Aquamarine and Diamond Ring
With abstract forms dominating, jewelry of the Art Deco period took on a more flattened two-dimensional look. The aquamarine featured in this ring is one of the faceted stones favored by the designers of this era.
Superbly sleek in its aerodynamic marquise shape, this form most definitely flatters by visually elongating the finger. Two round transitional cut diamonds, each of approximately .05 carats, create a decorative motif incorporating the prevailing fashion of geometric shapes for the center. Discrete 18k white gold pentagons hold the two diamonds as well as are the anchor points for the magical polygon and kite shaped aquamarines which float with an invisible setting (eight shaped aquamarines in all).
The workmanship is superb reflected by the cutting and faceting as well as the actual placement of the gems. The double prongs of white gold are characteristic of an older mount. Details such as the open work gallery and engraved shoulders clearly demonstrate the fine crafting which went into the finishing of this jewel.
Measurements: Almost 13/16 of an inch (2 cm) north to south by 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm) east to west on the finger. This ring rises 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) and weighs 4.2 grams (2.7 dwt).
Ring Size: US 5-1/2 (UK K-1/2; Euro almost 16-1/4. 51 mm) and can easily be sized to fit any hand.
Condition: Excellent; light wear to the white gold and a tiny amount of softening to the design at the sides as expected with age and use.
Date: Circa 1930
Note 1: Actual aquamarine color is a bit lighter than our photos show; however they are still a good medium blue aquamarine in color—neither pale nor washed out.
Note 2: All diamond weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.