The later part of the nineteenth and early years of the twentieth century gave rise to several types of jewelry design. Arts and Crafts Movement emphasizing handcraftsmanship, Edwardian elegance and Art Nouveau style with its interest in natural and asymmetrical forms were simultaneously available.
Although sharing fundamental tenets, there were distinct differences. The Art Nouveau 10k rose gold ring shown here illustrates there was a shift from a reliance on precious gem content toward that of actual design and form. Sinuous asymmetry often incorporated themes of nature, fantasy and the female form.
This vintage ring is created around a glowing 4.25 carat elongated oval cabochon garnet as the focus. Curvilinear shapes and contours of rhythmic content strive to create a mounting of the languid and dynamic sides of nature using a flower and leaf motif.
The setting takes on a coiled energy which harmonizes with the center stone.