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French Art Deco Natural Pearl & Diamond Ring

US$9,800

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Created in France in the 1920s, this natural saltwater pearl and diamond ring is a geometric tour de force. We've all seen Art Deco platinum and pearl rings. And we've all admired them. But have we ever seen one quite like this? Where the crisp and modern right-angles of the setting are the most perfect and perfectly unexpected counterpart to the sensuous round sea pearls. The gleaming platinum mounting was entirely hand-fabricated and when seen from the side nearly resembles the Crystal Palace from the 1851 World Exposition. A pair of fleur-de-lis grace each shoulder. There is nothing inherently feminine in this ring and, indeed, it appears perfectly unisex. The face of the ring occupies two planes; one forward and a second slightly held back. We have a large natural saltwater pearl set atop a cut corner square. There is another pearl set above and one below. Running horizontally top and bottom is a bar of 4 tiny old-mine sparkling diamonds. The "lower level" of the face features four additional pearls at the top and four on the bottom. There are 4 additional small silver pearls stacked on either side. Altogether: 19 pearls ranging in size from 2mm and 3.30mm on the sides to 4.50mm for the pearls above and below the center pearl, which measures 6.8 x 7.0mm. All the pearls display the thick and luscious nacre and luminous beauty that is the exclusive domain of the uncultured pearl. Gems, every single one of them, even the smallest. The ring bears the French mark for platinum at the rear of the shank but no maker's mark, just the ghost of what may have once been one. This is a strikingly contemporary pearl ring, despite the fact that it is a century old. Of course, the Art Deco movement began in France so it's hardly surprising that quintessential examples of jewelry from the period are so often French. And they are also quite rare. This pearl and diamond ring is a size 6 ½ and could be resized by your local jeweler. It ships with a certificate from The Gem & Pearl Laboratory stating that the central pearl is a natural —non-cultured— saltwater pearl. Only the main pearl was tested but as a certified gemologist with advanced training in pearls, I can guarantee that, in fact, all the pearls in this ring are natural and uncultured. A marvelous and unique jewel featuring the rarest gems our oceans can provide. A timelessly chic and classic ring you will adore wearing and passing on.

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