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Dynamism Unfolded: Plique à Jour Enamel Ring


Plique-à-jour enamel decoration is one of the more scarce enamel techniques. Its use in a ring is even more scarce as it is often seen in pendants or occasionally earrings. In an classic example of the Art Nouveau (circa 1890-1915) this technique uses semi opaque or transparent enamels set within metal frameworks akin to stained glass. As no backing is applied, some light can shine through the enameled sections.

Art Nouveau design reigns true in 14k rose gold with the poetic suggestion of an iris. Its free-flowing curvaceous lines contain a restless force which somehow becomes a balance composition and asymmetry with the center slanted to sit off axis on the finger. The artful use of green enamel plique-à-jour and two (2) single cut diamonds of an estimated total diamond weight of .12 carats reflect the design concept of intrinsic versus extrinsic worth.

Please note that we found several other Art Nouveau enamel rings in a small collection which soon will be listed.

Date: Circa 1900.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 3/16 of an inch (0.4 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 2.4 grams (1.5 dwt).

Ring Size: US 5-3/4 (UK L; Euro or Int. Circum. 51.2 mm; Int. Dia. 16.3 mm; Japan over 10) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.

Hallmarks: GG.

Condition: Excellent; tad bit of edge wear to diamonds only visible with magnification.

Origin: European.

Note: Diamond weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual if removed. All metals are acid tested.

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