Vintage Retro ring. 18k gold, emerald. Made in France 1940-60. From the estate of Nelly Kaplan.
Measurements: Weight is 16.7 grams. Dimentions of emerald: 21 X 14.6 X 10.87mm. US size 4.5.
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Description : Striking ring with strong, bold design. The large cabochon emerald, roughly rectangular in shape and rising to a sugarloaf dome is profusely carved with flowers and foliage. To contain a stone of such proportions, the mount has a strong, geometric form with little superfluous frill and fluff. It is a rectangular mount with scrolling gold shoulders that taper to the flat, strong shank. There is a strange sleeve on the inside of the shank - was it made this way to accommodate a smaller finger? Was it inserted to add heft to the shank?
When we turn the ring over and look at the back, the carving of the emerald continues, in exactly the same design as the large, upper surface. It is likely that this emerald was carved in Mughal India and was then incorporated into a 'modern ring' in Europe, as was made popular by Cartier and became the fashion during the first half of the 20th century. The emerald is highly responsive to light. It ranges from fairly pale to quite dark, depending on how the light catches it.
Nelly Kaplan, born in Argentina, moved to Paris, where she became a famous writer, film-maker and artist, well-established in French Arts and Cultural society and winner of many, many honours and awards. Nelly Kaplan died in November 2020. Owning and wearing an item of jewelry that belonged to this talented and very special lady is an honour and priviledge. Nelly's artistic achievements are mirrored in the jewelry she wore, none of which was ordinary, Yet, her jewelry would make any collector of jewelry proud and it is still totally wearable and suitable for today's women of any age and to suit any occasion.
Marks and Metal: Outside of the shank with French eagle head mark for 18k gold, made in France.
Condition: Wear commensurate with age and use to the gold mount. Emerald in good shape with no signs of damage. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.
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