An American Art Moderne diamond, emerald and platinum twinstone ring by Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin. The stepped, high-arched mount set with a yellow cushion-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.75 carats, and an emerald-cut emerald weighing approximately1.65 carats, completed by stepped shoulders and shank of conforming design.Formed in 1935, Trabert Hoeffer-Mauboussin was a merger between Mauboussin Paris'' Park Avenue branch and an innovative American firm, Trabert & Hoeffer, a Manhattan partnership whose stylish owners had Hollywood connections and a tendency to splurge on world-famous gems for display. Howard Hoeffer, a proponent of French jewelry design who sent his artisans to Paris for training, had cultivated Georges Mauboussin from the early 1920''s, even before the French firm won a Grand Prize at the Grand Central Palace Exhibition in 1924. By the mid 1930s, the Depression had brought both firms to the brink of bankruptcy, struggling with large inventories of superb jewelry and gems of historic provenance. From 1935 to 1940, the firms collaborated to produce and loan high style jewels and large gems to the Hollywood studios. The period''s iconic photo portraits of Marlene Dietrich and Claudette Colbert, among others, show these eternal stars adorned in the firm''s stunning Art Moderne masterpieces. A product of that early collaboration, this twin stone pla
tinum ring, with its classic pairing of emerald and yellow diamond, is a mini-masterpiece of Machine Age design and construction. Dense, streamlined, and perfectly balanced, it is a chic statement of French-American style.
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