Art Deco Domed Natural Lapis Lazuli Sterling Silver Marcasite Sz 6 Ring
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minimal surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the band.
* Band has some thinning at the back and was resized at some point, metal at back of shank is slightly different color.
* Lapis stone is gleaming without surface wear.
* Marcasites are all in place.
Width Lapis is just under 1/2" across
Mark No mark
Weight 6 grams
Material Tests for sterling silver, natural Lapis
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Detailed scalloped design in setting beautifully frames lapis stone.
* Lapis carefully chosen for its rich indigo blue with glittering gold.
* Design curves for fluid look on your finger with lapis jutting outward dynamically.
* Excellent condition showcases the design detail and quality of construction.
On Unique Shapes. Gemstones are time consuming to cut, requiring a high degree of skill from a trained craftsman, and glass cabochons can be equally complicated to manufacture on a large scale while keeping costs down. These constraints are only a few of the reasons you often see similar shapes of stones used in jewelry. When an unusual shape or cut is used, the manufacturer has made a decision to make something different. Look for out-of-the-ordinary shapes, like the demilune for example, for a striking look as well as a unique find.
On Art Deco. Art Deco is one of the first truly international styles, that influenced the design of buildings, furniture, fashion and of course, jewelry. The movement was given a name from the international exposition of Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, that was held in Paris in 1925 and largely dedicated to the jewelry arts. Born out of ideas of modernism and the Industrial Age, this manifested into designs that used Cubism's bold abstraction and rectilinear shapes and combined them with intricate patterning, bold color and symmetry. High-end jewelry design houses like Cartier and Boucheron set the trends in gold and gemstones, which were then emulated by costume jewelry companies in glass or perhaps plastics, and brought to the masses.