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A quintessential Vintage Fifties engagement ring, circa 1950, presents an era's elegance with a touch of Art Deco inspiration. A platinum band holds a central untreated sapphire of approximately 3.40ct, flanked by four carre cut diamonds and six smaller sapphires. This piece encapsulates the rich history of betrothal rings, echoing traditions from Roman times through the Archduke Maximilian's influential engagement in 1477. With roots deep in cultural significance, it represents a timeless commitment, crafted during a period steeped in post-war optimism and fashion evolution.
Antique jewelry object group
engagement ring (or anniversary ring)
very good condition
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Country of origin
Vintage Fifties (of the twentieth century)
See also: Fifties (of the twentieth century)
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This type of jewelry is very specific for the fifties of the twentieth century. The Art Deco period preceded only 20 years and was still used as source of inspiration, it is (even for the trained eye) sometimes very hard to note the difference between Art Deco and Fifties.
Events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era.
platinum (touchstone tested)
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Betrothal rings were used during Roman times, but weren't generally revived in the Western world until the 13th century. The first well-documented use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in imperial court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy.
Before the 20th century, other types of betrothal gifts were common. Before the end of the 19th century, the bride-to-be frequently received a sewing thimble rather than a engagement ring. This practice was particularly common among religious groups that shunned jewelry. Engagement rings didn't become standard in the West until the end of the 19th century, and diamond rings didn't become common until the 1930s. Now, 80% of the women are offered a diamond ring to signify engagement. (from: Wikipedia)
Four carre cut diamonds with an estimated weight of ± 0.24ct colour and clarity G/I, vs/si
All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
All diamonds we offer are screened by the I.J.G.C. for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural.
One untreated sapphire (see also pictures for I.J.G.C. certificate) with an estimated weight of ± 3.40ct Treatment: not heath treated!
Six sapphires with an estimated weight of ± 0.24ct
All color stone weights are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
It is a very common practice to treat gemstones to intensify their clarity or colour. The item in question has not been tested in this regard.
Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and sapphire for September.
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band width top of ring 1,07 cm (0,42 inch)
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4,50 gram (2,89 dwt)
Ring size Continental EU: 60 & 19¼ , Size USA: 9¼ , Size UK: S
Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Adin Reference Nº
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