Vtg 1930s Art Deco Sterling Silver Seafoam Green Glass Marcasite S 7 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 likely resized at some point.
* Glass is gleaming without surface wear or chipping and faceting is crisp.
* Marcasites are all in place
Width Just under 5/8"
Mark No mark
Weight 4 grams
Material Tests for sterling silver, glass
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Glittering marcasites frame vibrant hue of central glass.
* Sea-foam green, glass has brilliant cut for maximum shimmer.
* Subtle and special heart shapes along shoulder of ring.
On Glass Made to Simulate Gemstones. Glass has long been used by jewelers to simulate natural gemstones. For instance, during the Georgian era, black dot paste is a term that refers to a style of glass that was made to simulate the sparkle of natural diamonds. But in the 1940s, the use of glass to simulate gemstones ramped up more than ever before. World War II constrained both fine materials and pocketbooks, so more and more designers (including high-end designers) focused on glass to re-create the distinctive properties of different gems. High-end designers thus began making costume glass jewelry - but with the same attention to detail, high craftsmanship, and design skill that was applied to fine jewelry.
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.