Usually, when you consider something that is “Retro”, you think of something dating back to the 1960s or 1970s. But when it comes to Retro jewelry, the time period involved goes back even further, to around the time of World War II. Like Art Nouveau, the Retro jewelry period is both highly distinctive and relatively short lived. Because platinum was needed as a strategic metal during WWII, the jewelry of the 1940s made a sudden turn to rose and rosy-yellow gold. The bold dramatic designs that distinguish Retro jewels immediately evoke the style and glamour of Golden Age Hollywood. Retro pieces resembled the geometric jewelry of 1920’s Art Deco era. But Retro pieces were three-dimensional, not flat. Also, due to wartime scarcity, they weren’t adorned from top to bottom with glittering jewels like Deco jewelry. These bold, modern pieces went well with the masculine wartime fashions of famous designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. Retro jewelry is also known as Retro Modern or Cocktail jewelry, and often incorporates fanciful versions of every day objects, flowers, seashells, birds and other animals.
This Retro ring is constructed of 14 karat rose gold with a faceted square cut amethyst sparkling from the ring face. In true Retro style, she's got little modern columns on either side, and is decorated with large boules at her four corners. The bridge has been carefully crafted with sleek scallops and supports. A very stylish ring worthy of a Hollywood glamour girl and perfect for today's fashionista!
Size (can be resized): 7
Dimensions: Ring top is 15mm across
Weight: 5.2 grams
Materials: Gold, amethyst
Metal: 14K Rose gold
Marks: 585 07, Key with M hallmark
Condition: Excellent Vintage condition