Ming's Jade Ring from Midcentury For Sale
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Ming's Jade Ring from Midcentury

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Ming's jewelry store opened in Hawaii in 1940 and closed in 1999. During those years it become deeply loved for its unique jewelry featuring coral, pearls and jade. Ming's jade has become especially collectible. All Ming's jade was natural and untreated. What I love and find so interesting about Ming's jade jewelry is that they had a design aesthetic that was wholly unique. A piece of Ming's jewelry is instantly recognizable as such. Sometimes because of the unique pierced gold setting but always because of the jade. Ming's rarely used the familiar and popular shades of green for their jade jewelry and instead used much more unusual jades: sage green instead of "apple" green, silvery gray, ethereal white, nearly transparent and colorless; they used a great deal of bi-color and tri-color jades. This Ming's jade ring features a substantial (24 mm x 18 mm) bi-color jadeite jade stone that has been carved in an impressionistic leaf motif. Olive green on one side, umber on the other, the thick jade carving is securely set by four forked prongs. A scaffolding supports the 7mm-thick jade, a textured sheet of triangular gold forms the shoulders and three fused gold wires form the band. This setting is familiar to anyone who knows Ming's jewelry; their mountings were as distinctive as their selection of jade stones. The jade is natural and untreated as is all jade in all authentic Ming's jewelry. This ring is currently a size 7 ½ and could be resized by your local jeweler. It bears the Ming's signature as well as a metal fineness mark for 14K. The ring dates to the 1970s and is in superior condition.

Details

  • Creator
    Ming's of Hawaii
  • In the Style Of
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Weight
    9.55 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158918671392
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Located in Southbury, CT
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