Paste, or glass gemstones with strong dispersions of light, date back to at least Ancient Roman times when they would use colored glass to imitate emeralds and lapis lazuli. In the Victorian era, jewelry made with precious stones was coveted and flaunted. Coco Chanel adopted pastes, crystals, and rhinestones, using them to craft high-fashion statement pieces during the Art Deco era. Celebrity socialites adored these superbly constructed rings, and pieces like this became known as, “costume jewelry”.
This vintage silver paste ring was handcrafted in Germany around 1920. This Art Deco stunner is a size 8 and it weighs 6.4 grams. This ring features a rectangle soft blue paste set in silver with a swirling frame supported by split shoulders of the same whirling design. This piece was handcrafted by the Fahrner firm and bears the corresponding hallmark, “FAHRNER”. It also bears the silver fineness mark, “835” and a maker’s mark. The ring face measures 20.3 x 15.3 x 6 mm off the finger and the band width is 2.4 mm at the back.
Theodor Fahrner was one of the famous Pforzheim, Germany jewelry makers who made a name for themselves during the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts eras. His firm became known for their epic Art Deco designs as they made affordable pieces that reached international fame.
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