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Art Nouveau Citrine Ring by House of Peacock

Item 12104

The House of Peacock was established in 1837 in Chicago, Illinois and continues to this day as C. D. Peacock, a purveyor of fine jewels. Its current website states the following: “According to one historian, the opening of the city's first retail jewelry establishment in the small frame building on Lake Street marks Chicago's passing "from semi-savage conditions to civilization and refinement.”

Interestingly enough, this Art Nouveau ring of 10k yellow gold may be seen as incorporating both the savage and the refinement references. Part of the edict of Art Nouveau included the view of the natural world as possessing the qualities of instinct, dynamism and movement alongside a sinister world replete with myth, sin and toil.

Quite symbolic, this sublimely arresting ring provides the imagery of two textured gold talons gripping one of the darlings of the gem world of the time – a 1.1 carat faceted round citrine. The surface texturing alludes to a tense energy inherent in the nature of the talon.

Measurements: 3/8 of an inch (1.0 cm) in width north to south on the hand and rises 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) off the finger. This antique ring has a weight of 5.4 grams (3.5 dwt).

Ring Size: US 12 (UK X-1/2; Euro 21.25, 67.25 mm) and can be sized to fit most any hand.

Hallmarks: "Peacock" and 10k.

Condition: Excellent to near mint.

Date & Origin: Circa 1900 and is American in origin.

Note: All gemstone weights are approximate as the stones have not been removed in order to preserve the integrity of the setting.