Antique jewelry object group: engagement ring (or anniversary ring)
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.
Style: Although most people would call this style Art Deco it is more considered to be a product of the fifties of the Twentieth Century. Strongly influenced by Art Deco but also by the Retro style. That to most people this is Art Deco is no coincidence as both Retro style and Fifties style are the style successors of Art Deco. or more info on styles
Style specifics: This type of jewelry is very specific for the fifties of the twentieth century. The Art Deco period preceded only 20 years and was still used as source of inspiration, it is (even for the trained eye) sometimes very hard to note the difference between Art Deco and Fifties.
Period: ca. 1950
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Extra information: Betrothal rings were used during Roman times, but weren't generally revived in the Western world until the 13th century. The first well-documented use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in imperial court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy.
Before the 20th century, other types of betrothal gifts were common. Before the end of the 19th century, the bride-to-be frequently received a sewing thimble rather than a engagement ring. This practice was particularly common among religious groups that shunned jewelry. Engagement rings didn't become standard in the West until the end of the 19th century, and diamond rings didn't become common until the 1930s. Now, 80% of the women are offered a diamond ring to signify engagement. (from: Wikipedia)
Zircon is an underrated but magnificent gemstone that has been worn and treasured since ancient times. Don't be confused by the name. Zircon is not the synthetic material known as cubic zirconia. It's a completely distinct, natural species.
Transparent reddish brown zircon is called Hyacinth or Jacinth, light yellow to colorless zircon is called Jargoon or Jargon, green zircon is called Beccarite, yellow zircon is called Melichrysos, colorless is called Sparklite and blue zircon is called named Starlite and Stremlite.
Coincidentally, zircon is the original diamond simulant. When properly cut, colorless stones can make beautiful and convincing diamond substitutes and even outshine mediocre diamonds. Its high dispersion is close to that of diamond. Zircons are stunning gemstones in their own right. They are found in a wide range of colors, and many additional colors can be produced by heat treatments.
Almost all colorless and blue zircons have been heat treated. This treatment is undetectable and stable. The popular blue, colorless, and golden yellow shades can only be produced by heating. The stones that yield these lovely colors are usually reddish-brown. This treatment is less common with other colors.
Precious stones: One starlite with an estimated weight of ± 10.25ct.
Colour: vivid sparkling transparant blue
Treatment: Almost all colorless and blue zircons have been heat treated. This treatment is undetectable and stable. The popular blue, colorless, and golden yellow shades can only be produced by heating.
Birthstones: Zircon is the birthstone (or month stone) for December.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: diameter of top 1,30 cm (0,51 inch)
Weight: 5,80 gram (3,73 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 52 & 16½ , Size US 6 , Size UK: L
Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Reference Nº: 17199-0388
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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