Architecturally fashioned, this Retro sapphire and diamond ring smartly expresses the period with the use of sapphires and diamonds, curves and channels, arches and flat surfaces.
The Retro period from 1935-1945, refers to ‘looking back;’ a period of time that came before the present. Retro is a shortening of “retrospective.” The term "Retro" applied to jewelry is credited to François Curiel, the head of the jewelry department for Christie's Auction House in New York in the early 1970's.
“Retro jewelry, or "Cocktail Jewelry" as it is sometimes called, originated in France with designs by Van Cleef & Arpels. They produced a collection of jewelry that was exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. When the World War II broke out, the jewelry remained in New York. It served as a great influence to American jewelry designers throughout the remainder of the war.”*
Like the architecture of this period, one appreciates the concept and organization that goes into the design of the structure. I am using the word architectural to partly describe this ring because the overall design and some of the elements apply to structures as well as to the jewelry.
The arch on the top of the ring holding 8 natural round blue sapphires and 7 single-cut diamonds is reminiscent of the arches one sees in buildings. The stacking of design elements is another. The side diamonds set in contrasting white gold and in a tubular motif is a feature that is typically found in the jewelry made between 1935-1945.
The multiple design characteristics are varied and interesting, making this ring a feast for the eyes. Just enough sparkle from the diamonds lighten up its entire presence. In addition, along with being a comfortable fit, it is very easy to wear with jeans or when dressed up, is unique and distinct and offers years of pleasure to its new owner.
In 18k yellow and white gold, the ring is solid with substantial heft and weighs 13 grams; it is currently a size 8.