An American Art Nouveau 18 karat gold, enamel, sapphire and diamond ring by Marcus & Co. The ring has a cushion-cut blue sapphire with an approximate weight of 8.65 carats, and 27 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .32 carat. The blue sapphire is most likely of Ceylon origin with no heat treatment evident. The center stone is held in place with gold tendrils that flow throughout the ring in extravagant Art Nouveau motifs. The multi-generational New York firm of Marcus & Co was founded by an ambitious young German immigrant who had trained at a prominent Dresden court jeweler. In 1892, after working with Charles Lewis Tiffany, Hermann Marcus and his sons William and George together set up a business that soon became a glittering New York society institution renowned not only for its superb diamonds, colored stones and pearls, but also its instantly recognizable, original design style. The firm produced great jewels in the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts sensibility, with George, the artist/designer, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse and exotic as the contemporary French masters, the Moghuls and Maharajahs, the garland style of the Ancien Regime, and the genius of Renaissance goldsmiths. George''s distinctive, confident hand was always discernible in Marcus creations. Working as a team with George, his brother William was a gem and pearl conn
oisseur who travelled the world hunting fine gem material, including purchasing the entire production of never-before-seen black opal in Lightning Ridge Australia in 1908. Marcus exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, and their work won prizes at the prestigious Society of Arts & Crafts of Boston. Plique-a-jour enamel was an art in which Marcus & Co. excelled, creating jewels with unprecedented three-dimensional depth in this medium. The firm and family were well-known for their charitable activities and promotion of young jewelers such as Raymond Yard.
An Edwardian ring featuring two pearls and 22 diamonds set in platinum, with an 18 karat gold shank. The two pearls, which stack up the finger, are elegantly framed by a naturalistic motif echoing the form of a clover made of pear-cut diamonds. The ring is further accented by leaf-like scroll forms studded with old European-cut stones in refined Edwardian brilliance. The diamonds have an approximate total weight of 1.5 carats.
An Art Deco platinum ring with a baroque pearl and diamonds. The ring has 56 round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 0.60 carats and 2 marquise-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carats. The baroque pearl mounted in the center measures approximately 11.5 mm. The flexible shank is designed with interlocking bezel-set diamonds.
A modern Orabella ring by Neha Dani. This ring features a single large, undulating bloom of 18 karat white gold and rhodium plating. The bloom is studded with 422 round and rose-cut diamonds that have the total weight of 3.67 carats. They have a VVS clarity and F/G color grade. The diamonds in each earring curl delicately around a round pistachio-colored Tahitian pearl.
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