They called it 'La Belle Époque', translated as ‘the Beautiful Era’, and it's as well they should have. From about 1871 to the beginning of World War I in 1914, peace and prosperity flourished throughout Europe and especially settled in France and England. The arts flourished, money flew, it was truly a golden age. This ring was made then, there, in that Paris of the early 20th century, amidst that optimism, that joie de vivre!
Completely hand crafted by a master of the art, this ring is a modified target type ring, set with row upon alternating row of glittering white diamonds and rich blue sapphires. The 17 diamonds add up to about 1.2 carats in total and the two rings of calibre cut sapphire are about .7 carats total. The ring is 18 karat gold in the back and the top stones are all set in platinum, this kind of 18 karat and platinum construction is very typical of the Belle Époque (which corresponds to the English Edwardian Era), as jewelers didn't really start using all platinum construction until the 1920's (with some exceptions). This ring has a fairly worn hallmark, but it is the eagles head assay mark which tells us that it is French and contains 18k gold. The ring is currently a size 7 and measures 20 mm north to south and 14.5 mm across, it sits 5 mm off the finger and narrows to 1.3 mm at the back of the band. Made in Paris, France around 1910.
This beautiful ring from the beautiful era would make a precious gift for any occasion or a stunning right hand ring that could be worn from blue-jeans to ball gowns!
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