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This ERTE ring, for me, was one of the rarest, dustiest, and most exciting finds I've had in Erte's "ART TO WEAR" Jewelry. As one scours the net looking for Erte Jewelry, some items show up more than once. This ring, the "Magique", shown on page 96 of the "Erte: Art to Wear" book is the only one I have ever come across.
It was part of an estate where it's obvious the owners were keen Erte collectors. The auction included posters and vases by Erte, a magnificent "Samson and Delilah" bronze plaque (which I'm sorry I didn't buy!), a pair of really old Erte earrings and 2 Erte rings, of which this was one. But the dust on it! Heaven knows how long it had been stashed away uncleaned.
So we got to work cleaning it up and the fabulous medieval, even Gothic styled ring it is emerged: its glorious 20mm X 8mm deep blue and beautifully faceted topaz stone is chip free and just perfect. This oval-shaped topaz stone, estimated to be 3-4mm deep, is surrounded by a rectangle of 18 brilliant diamonds. This oval and rectangle are then set in a 14k dark yellow gold diamond-shaped mount, 1" long by 3/4" wide ... not a small ring ... that slopes in elaborate stying, 3/8" down the sides before giving way to the band.
I'd be inclined to describe this geometric Erte ring as "handsome" with its classical frieze so often found in Erte's designs. It bears all the needed hallmarks to identify it as authentic Erte: his scripted signature on the side of the ring, ©CFA and 14k inside the band and the numbers 7/500 designating this was #7 in a limited release of 500 Magique rings.
Weighing a hefty 8 grams, this solid ring has an inner diameter of 16mm or thereabouts and is a size 5 on our ring-sizer. And adding to its value, thanks to the collector from whose estate this ring came, is an original, slightly worn CFA Erte box for your ring.
Did I mention rare collectible? You bet it is! Don't miss this Erte "Magique" ring: it's the only one I've seen!
Item ID: ErteMagique14k
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