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Art Deco Revival Emerald & Diamond Ring


Art Deco Revival Emerald & Diamond Ring



DATE: Art Deco Revival, c.1975

A stunning 1970s Art Deco Revival solitaire ring set with a central 1.28ct emerald flanked by diamond-set stepped shoulders. The principal stone is certified Zambian, and displays excellent colour and clariry - a subtle hint of blue adding depth to the stone. The stepped shoulders are finished in fine millegrain, and taper down away from the emerald. Crafted in 18 karat gold with French control and maker's marks to the outer band.

The Art Deco Revival movement was seeded in the 1960s as 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 jewellery shop), 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 latter point 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.


Natural 1.28ct Emerald - certified Zambian origin, minor clarity enhancement


Head: 6.7 x 6.8mm

Width of band: 2.6mm




French hallmarks


Very good, light wear commensurate with age

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