The Art Nouveau style was developing in France during the late 1800s and later Victorian period. Rene Lalique pioneered the use of feminine heads with long waving hair, soft-colored stones, simple floral motifs, and delicate enamels. He introduced fantasy and originality into his work and created a truly underivative style. In England, his work was perceived as the culmination of the new aesthetic that jewelers were striving to achieve. This made Lalique’s jewelry style an instant hit with the “new” Victorians.
A more conventional type of jewelry was still popular with many women of this era but there was a transformation of the style to a simpler look with a featured gemstone. Diamonds were the preferred gem for special occasions and diamond pieces set in silver-topped gold were the most popular items. This jewelry was more delicate than in previous eras and stones were set in a more airy manner reducing the metal as much as possible.
This gorgeous example of a ring features an airy wave-like diamond design that hugs a central pearl. Feminine, sensual, and timeless, this is a ring that stands out in any look and collection.
Materials and Features: 18k rosy gold, diamond, pearl, sterling silver top setting
Age/Origin: English, c. 1890
Condition: Excellent condition.
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