A simply charming ring from about 1920, when Edwardian style was becoming bolder, in the manner that came to be known as Art Deco. The navette (or marquise) shaped top measures 21 mm. north-to-south by 12.5 mm. at the widest point across. It features three old mine cut diamonds down the middle, with the central one weighing about 0.40 carat, along with eight smaller old European cut diamonds nearby. Together they weigh about 1.40 carats, having J-K color and mostly SI2 clarities (including the center stone). The half-round shank tapers from about 6 mm. at the shoulders, where it blends nicely into the top, to 1.3 mm. at the base. It is slightly out of round and can be sized larger if desired. Inside it is stamped "PLAT." on one side and "IRID." on the other, indicating the ring's platinum/iridium composition. It is also stamped with the trademark for Whitehouse Brothers, a company founded in Cincinnati in 1898 by German jewelers that still operates today. Patina is present. The item is in very good vintage (nearly antique) condition, and the milgrain detail, while worn, is still visible. There is a bend in one location on the side gallery below the top, near an airline, which can be corrected. This ring exudes the hopeful character of the 1920s, lavishing loving care on hand-made objects that turned them into lasting works of art.
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