What’s New – Volume 41

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and the Latest Things

Thoughts of Retro jewelry often conjure visions of rose gold accented with diamonds and rubies.  The 1940’s accessories of choice were bold statement pieces… large swirling stylized bow brooches and rings that reached from knuckle to knuckle.  In addition to the candy red ruby trim, pops of color were provided by center stones choices like aquamarine and citrine.  

Dubbed the Retro era, it encompassed the end of the 1930’s through the 1940’s and coincided with WWII.  Due to the war, precious metals were rare and even restricted in some cases.  Higher percentages of alloys like copper were added to the available gold to make the small quantities stretch farther.  With larger amounts of copper, the gold presented with a lovely pink hue.  

This week’s find is a petite gem from the 1940’s, however, it doesn’t present any of the telltale signs.  Made from a combination of 14-karat white and yellow gold, it feels more like Edwardian revival than Retro.  

Shaped like a sideways “Z”, the top portion of the ring is a delightful zigzag filled with diamonds.  There are fifteen round diamonds that have a combined weight of .30 carat.  These small stones glitter in the light, bringing a bit of sparkle to the hand.  Priced at just $525.00, this sweet little ring is the latest edition to our estate department and is available on our website!

“You can go to a museum and look or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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