This is a striking example of early Retro jewelry (c. 1945), as evidenced by the cast manufacture of the 14-karat (as stamped) rose gold mounting, Designed as a petaled bowl, with five stamens ending in faceted, very vivid magenta-colored rubies mounted in prong settings, and, to one side on the horizontal plane, a white gold leaf bead-set with a round faceted diamond, the top measures about 16 mm. across the finger and 14 mm. perpendicularly. The rose gold cathedral shank ends on one side with a scrolled shoulder, into which the white gold element nestles. It is hard to show true color in this piece, but both the rose of the gold and the magenta of the rubies (which weigh about 0.45 carat total) are quite vivid. The finger size of 8 3/8 can be made smaller. Some "flash" (excess metal) from the casting can be seen in airlines. I believe this indicates that it was made soon after World War II, when lost-wax casting was reintroduced to the jewelry trade after having been forgotten for many years. The deep rose color is created by adding copper to the alloy, and possibly this presented a challenge to those artisans. Overall, the ring is in very good vintage condition, with patina normal for its age.
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