In many ways, one of the most distinguishing and alluring features of an antique ring is its hand-made nature. This unique quality can often be especially apparent in pieces from the 1920s, when craftsmen created sumptuous designs in platinum.
The introduction of platinum into jewellery just after 1900 changed the appearance of rings from yellow gold Victorian pieces to more delicate designs. The strength and malleability of platinum meant settings did not have to be bulky; they could be worked into fine and intricate mounts. In the 1920s, the platinum look was favoured and rings would be made from this naturally white metal. Platinum allowed diamonds to be shown off to their best effect, and also created a wonderful canvas for decorative metalwork.
This bright, white pairing of diamonds and platinum worked beautifully with rich detailing, and subsequently, elaborate diamond cluster rings, either working vertically up the finger or horizontally along the finger became a feature of early Art Deco jewellery. Stylistically, these pieces replaced the Edwardian garland style with the motifs of bows and ribbons, by embracing Asian and Egyptian influences, geometry and straight lines. Floral motifs were still popular but tended to be less scalloped, instead intricate petals would be worked into metal along with decorative scrolls.
Diamond solitaires of the 1920s show off the exquisite hand-made quality found in original rings from this time. Styles tend to display fine ornamental detailing combined with the straighter lines expected during the Art Deco period.
The individuality of these rings is a testament to the skill of the craftsmen who produced jewellery in the 1920s; each piece is truly a work of art. Find your unique 1920s ring in our vast collection at Berganza.