We have similar Chinese and Turquoise, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. To view in separate listings, please visit our store and search "Chinese" or "Turquoise" under our items.
Item Description by: Cait P. Age Circa: Art Deco C. Markings: Unidentified Maker's Mark (CD) on the inside of the ring, Tested, and Guaranteed.
Gram Weight: 7.4 Grams. Main Stone Measurements/Color: 15.78 mm long, 12.15 mm wide, Opaque bright blue hue with dark blue spiderwebbing.
Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.
Stone Cuts: Carved and Polished Cabochon. Item Measurements: The face of the ring measures 0.85" long, 0.71" wide and raises 0.35 off the finger when worn. The band tapers from 5.25 mm to 3.42 mm wide. Sizable by your local jeweler: The band is sizeable as it is up to one size larger or smaller.Your local jeweler can easily resize the ring further if desired. Turquoise carved by Chinese stonecutters, known for their meticulous work with a variety of stones. Stylized , also known as Shou, on the shoulders of the ring made out of filigree. Shou can be translated as a blessing or wish for a long and prosperous life.
Cloud motifs on the shoulders. Light patina on the back of the face of the ring gives this piece an antique quality which we think is quite lovely. This listing is for the item only. The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era.
A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specifically cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s.
During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world. The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe. This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. Chinese stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world. They would spend years learning to hand-carve many different types of stones and excelled in creating finely detailed pieces other artisans couldnt even hope to compare to.Their skill was so refined that they could even carve delicate stones like coral and jade. Chinese stone cutters were so talented that Victorian era European socialites would commission pieces from them, preferring the hefty price tag that came with such high-quality work to the ready availability of Western stonework. Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing. Chinese turquoise is considered a very valuable stone by the Chinese, second only to jade.
In fact, Chinese Turquoise was often used to supplement or replace jade. Chinese turquoise was highly prized for its rarity and gorgeous, bright blue hues. Stones that exhibit a spiderweb matrix are quite rare and deeply coveted.
Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads until a final motif emerges. It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes. Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia.
The item "Antique Vintage Art Deco Sterling Silver Chinese Turquoise Shou Band Ring Sz 8.5" is in sale since Saturday, November 2, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Rings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.