Erte collectors and fans will know how much "The Father of Art Deco" loved shells. They will also know that to acquire an Artist Proof of any of Erte's jewelry is highly desirable.
So we are pleased to be able to offer you this rare State X version of Erte's "COQUILLAGE" line of rings. And it's truly exquisite. The State X bore only diamonds, some 33 of them in varying sizes mounted up the 4 ridges forming the shell design and in the cluster at the base of the fan. The photos show you all you need to know about the design.
Those who have studied Erte's Art to Wear jewelry know he only used super high quality diamonds and gemstones and occasionally sent his staff on months-long searches to locate the best stones. So we never bothered to have our Erte appraised for the 4 C's of Erte's diamonds, as we know they will be good, more likely excellent. But we would grade the diamonds in this ring averaging Si1 for clarity and G for colour. Total carat weight is likely between 0.25 - 0.30cts, which is about usual in Erte's rings.
Just so you have some idea, the measurements of the shell top is 2cms East to West at the top of the fan, and 1.5 cms North to South from top of fan to cluster base. The band is 1/4" wide at the top on one side; 3/8" on the other side. By our ring sizer, this ring is a size 6.
We had some difficulty getting a good angle to show you the markings inside the ring band but if you enlarge and look closely at photo #6, you'll just be able to make out the AP next to the 14k which is next to ©CFA ... everything you need to confirm authenticity...along with Erte's scripted signature in the side of the ring.
I'm sure those who know the value of owning an Artist Proof of any of Erte's "Art to Wear" jewels won't hesitate to pay a jeweler a little to correct the band shape, or will be happy to wear it or store it (as I did). Buy with confidence: you will be thrilled to add this rare ring to your Erte collection.
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