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Art Deco Revival Aquamarine & Diamond Stepped Shoulders Ring

$2,300.00

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Art Deco Revival Aquamarine & Diamond Stepped Shoulders Ring

$2,300.00


Description

DATE: Vintage, c.1980

A striking solitaire ring in the Art Deco Revival style. It dates from the 1980s, with a principal 1.36ct aquamarine flanked by baguette diamond stepped shoulders - unmistakably Deco in design. The emerald cut aquamarine displays the most gorgeous pale dreamy blue colour, and all stones rest in millegrain bezel settings. Crafted in platinum throughout. 

The Art Deco Revival movement was rooted in the 1960s, part of a backlash against modernist trends of the preceding decades (namely pure utilitarianism, lack of ornamentation, mass production, and by extension mass consumerism). To the generation born during the turmoil of the 1940s, the 20s and 30s were presented as Golden Age, in stark contrast with the functionalist and consumerist principals of post-war modernism. By the 1970s, when the post-war boom was over, and the general optimism and "faith in progress" rapidly diminishing, people began to look back drawing inspiration from previous cultural movements. Design houses such as Archizoom, Maison Jansen, and the Memphis Group incorporated strong Deco elements - geometric ornamentation, stepped profiles, bold use of colour - into their works, and reminiscing period movies such as The Great Gatsby and Bugsy Malone were box office hits. By the 1980s there was a strong appetite for Art Deco revival jewellery, and jewellers were creating pieces that ranged from subtly inspired by 20s/30s designs right through to near exact replicas. This ring sits toward the latter end of that spectrum.

While it sort of feels counterintuitive (as an antique jeweller), we actually quite like finding Deco Revival pieces like this one. You're getting the same designs and "looks" as original Deco pieces, and since they're constructed by hand using traditional techniques the quality is there too, so all that's missing is the age - and, of course, this is reflected in the pricing. We can buy them for considerably less than the true Art Deco pieces that inspired them, and therefor pass on this price-point to you.

STONES 

1.36ct Natural Aquamarine

Baguette Cut Diamonds

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 10.0 x 8.4mm

Width of band: 1.8mm

WEIGHT 

4.2g

MARKS 

Stamped PLAT

CONDITION 

Excellent, light wear commensurate with age

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