The Art Nouveau period is characterized by curved lines, frequent references to nature, to women. Yellow gold is used a lot. Also the Art Nouveau rings have the same characteristics: they fit the finger, accompany the hand, they have a lot of originality in the treatment of materials. We will find enamel, floral motifs, feminine, the stones are more discreet in this period.
Art Nouveau mermaid ring in solid 18-karat yellow gold (750). This Art Nouveau ring featuring a central moonstone cabochon in a closed setting. The ring is adorned with two mermaids, a bearded man and a woman, whose tail ends come together to form the ring; the two characters are joined by a winged child (probably Eros), depicted twice. Their presence simulates a sense of movement, as if they are encircling the ring to convey a message. The subject of this ring could be that of Adam and Eve, but the use of mermaid themes suggests a mythological rather than a religious subject. However, in the early 20th century, dreamlike and chimerical subjects were reappropriating classical themes. Similar jewelry was created by René Lalique, Falize, François Rupert Carabin, etc. This is an antique ring from the late 19th to early 20th century, very nice patina, Art Nouveau period.
Hallmark: owl (added later by customs for gold control).
Ring size: 48 EU or 4.5 US (resizable upon request).
Moonstone cabochon dimensions: 5.5 x 7.8 mm.
Condition: Ring cracked at the hallmark (will be repaired upon customer request), stone shows wear.
French cluster emerald ring. French cluster emerald ring in 18 karat pink gold and platinum. Antique cluster ring with a round-cut emerald set with eight claws. The emerald is surrounded by eight Dutch rose-cut diamonds. Each shoulder of the ring is also set with a diamond. Antique engagement ring, circa 1920, France.
Eagle’s head hallmark (French state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and illegible silversmith hallmark.
Belle epoque diamond flower ring in 18 karat (750) rose gold and silver. Antique ring in the form of a flowering branch set with fifteen rose-cut diamonds, two of which are larger. Antique naturalist ring, circa 1880.
Owl and swan hallmarks (French State hallmarks for 18-karat gold and silver)
Belle Epoque flower ring in 18 karat (750) rose gold and silver. Delicate ring forming a flowering branch set with thirteen rose-cut diamonds. The rose gold band divides and is set with a rose-cut diamond of approx. 0.10 carat, set by eight claws. Antique ring, Belle Epoque period, circa 1900.
Eagle head hallmark and goldsmith’s hallmark. (Hallmark for French 18k gold)
Finger size: 53 EU or 6.25 US (can be changed)
Estimated total diamond weight: 0.18 carat
Design dimensions: 13 x 16 mm
Inclusions : graphite inclusions inside diamonds visible with the eyes
Condition: scratches from use, oxidation on silver parts
Antique diamond wedding ring in 18 karat yellow gold (750) and platinum. Antique ring set with eight old-cut diamonds with a platinum setting. The ring consists of two lines whose ends meet in the centre, on which the diamonds are set. Antique ring, first half of the 20th century.
Owl and mascaron hallmark (later add), Illegible numbers inside the ring.
Art Nouveau ruby ring in 18 karat yellow gold and platinum. Antique ring of the Art Nouveau period decorated with a pigeon’s blood ruby and diamonds. In its center there is a cushion-cut ruby. The ruby is framed by two old-cut diamonds. The whole is surrounded by twelve rose-cut diamonds in a platinum beaded setting. The shoulders of the ring are embellished with leaves setted with diamonds. Art nouveau ring, circa 1910, France, Paris.
Marked with an eagle’s head and the mark of the goldsmith Georges Lavoipierre (active in Paris between 1906 and 1942).
Finger size : 53 EU or 6.5 US (possible to change)
A certificate was issued by the Bellerophon laboratory on 16/01/2023:
Characteristics of the ruby : Description : transparent gemstone
Weight : 0,31 carat approximately
Dimensions : 4.09 x 3.65 x 2.59 mm
Size : oval
Identification: natural ruby Colour: vivid red
Fluorescence : Strong red
Comment : no indication of heating
Geographical origin : Burma (Mogok, Myanmar). This ruby can be called “pigeon blood” on the trade.
Estimated weight of the main diamonds: 0.19 and 0.14 carat
Estimated total diamond weight: 0.47 carat
Condition : scratches from use. Visible with a loupe : a thin chip on the border of one diamond.