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Jade Ring is Exquisite Japanese Art Deco Masterpiece

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I entered a wormhole not long ago when I became obsessed with all things Japanese Art Deco. That's how I discovered this ring (in the most unlikely place, but that's a whole other story), which truly captures the distinctive elegance and regality of the Japanese Art Deco aesthetic. The untreated "A" grade double jadeite cabochon is a rich, evenly toned apple green that darkens at the edges and changes throughout the day, depending upon the lighting. At night, it's as if the ring has changed into formal wear because it presents itself as almost an imperial jade. Outside during the daytime, it's like summer on your finger. It's a distinctive and very cunning cabochon cut that bulges ever so slightly at the base, just above the bottom, which is convex. It made me wonder why all jade cabochons aren't cut this way, because the subtle modification the lapidary artist made here does something wonderful to the light. It's a little tricky to measure the stone because of the prongs, so these measurements—12.14 mm x 9.12 mm x 5.89 mm deep—are approximate but very close. It's the depth that gives this stone such richness. And here's something else: inside is an inscription in very elegant, period-correct script, "Dot From___" and nothing else because the ring was resized losing all the hallmarks in the process except the metal fineness mark of K14. So it was Dot's ring. And she treasured it because it is in beautiful condition. The ring is yellow gold except for two shinning white gold shields on each shoulder. Japanese art deco period jewelry is excruciatingly difficult to find. Let alone an example as spectacular and unique as this impossibly beautiful jade ring. This would make a unique and timelessly classic diamond-alternative engagement ring. I have studied and collected jadeite and nephrite for over forty years (ugh) and I'm telling you, this piece of jade—this ring—is special.

Details

  • In the Style Of
  • Place of Origin
    Japan
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930's
  • Period
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition. Partial inscription on interior of band truncated by prior sizing which removed maker's mark. No damage to stone or metal. beautiful condition.
  • Dimensions
    H 0.55 in. x W 0.76 in. x D 1.01 in.H 13.80 mm x W 19.24 mm x D 25.54 mm
  • Length
    1.01 in. (25.54 mm)
  • Weight
    4 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158917036402
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