This 1950's ring is suitable for either a man or woman and with it's extreme modernistic and chunky design is very much in style again today. The ring is entirely hand made of primarily yellow gold and may be a one of a kind item. It's top reminds me of two curved capital L's, one right side up and the other upside down, overlapping. The white gold is that center curved bar that goes across the top of the L's and continues straight down each side. The shank is constructed with a curved angle which helps to enable the ring to stay more stationary on your finger as it is very substantial.
The gold is in excellent condition with no rips, cracks, dents, holes, nasty scratches, abrasions or repairs. The ring has the normal and expected surface scratching/scuffing found on gold that has been worn over the years. I did find a tiny 1/32" bite on the upper portion on one side of the shank (see photo 4).
The marks are on the inside of the shank and can be hard to see and read due to the curved angle design. They read: "Kt 18", "ITALY" and the official National Mark for 1944-1968 that appears to read "237" (smiths registration number) "AL"(province of manufacture). If I am seeing it correctly this is the mark for Garavelli. Per a little internet research the company has been in business since 1920 and are a 4 generation family owned company. They are known for creating fine jewelry with an undeniable Italian flair and are considered to be one of Italy’s most respected jewelry companies. They continue to uphold a tradition of hand craftsmanship even in this day and age of cookie cutter casting. One famous client is President Obama who purchased a Garavelli diamond broach for Michelle as an anniversary gift.
With the angled shank the size was difficult to measure and was not accurate on my size pole so I used one of those paper circle charts instead. The ring appears to be an approx. size 10 and on our scale measures 23 grams. A great looking ring with a lot of style for that man or woman who wants quality modernistic jewelry.
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