Art Deco Era OMC Diamond Engagement Ring with Orchids in 18k Gold
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An Art Deco era engagement ring, modeled in 18k white gold, by the well-known jewelry house Belais. This ring is styled with a unique, paneled, East/West, lozenge-shaped head— the ring head features charming, floral, openwork decor, and the flowers depicted here are orchids! Because orchids are associated with fertility and sexuality, they were once considered a somewhat naughty floral gesture— it is uncommon to see them gracing the shoulders of rings from this period. These orchids frame the ring's square, four tab-setting, and its soulful, .30 carat, old mine cut diamond. Old mine cut diamonds are beloved by collectors for their charming, off-round shape, slightly-irregular, hand-cut facets, small tables, and a large, open culets. This ring is also blessed with a carefully-pierced, cutwork gallery, whose decor is a line-up of tiny clovers and diamonds. The ring's shank is decorated with carving at the shoulders, and it tapers toward the base.
This is a wonderful, unusual engagement ring— the fine (almost hidden) details are what makes these Art Deco pieces so special, and unique!
c. 1920 - 1930
US 7. This ring can be resized; resizing for this ring (up to US 8 and down to US 5) is complimentary.
Ring face measures approx 7.35 x 14.8 mm; diamond measures approx 4.1 mm; shank measures approx 2.7 mm at the shoulder and tapers to approx .75 x 1 mm at the base; rise is approx 4.8 mm. Diamond is white and lively, with few surface-reaching inclusions that can only be viewed with a loupe.