Art Nouveau 18kt Plique-A-Jour Ruby & Diamond Flower Ring
"Plique A Jour" is a French term that means "braid letting in daylight". The term refers to the technique in which enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing. This allows light to shine through the transparent or translucent enamel and form a beautiful stained glass like appearance.
This gorgeous ring from the late Art Nouveau era (ca1900-1915) is a fantastic example of plique-a-jour jewelry! French in origin, the ring is made of bright 18kt yellow gold and has a flowing, curvilinear design. Resting in the center is a beautiful pale forget-me-not flower with a delicate diamond at the center. The pale blue petals fade out to a wash of white at the tips, a lovely and realistic effect. Framing the 3-dimensional flower is a curved band with a cutout center. Two luscious rubies (approximately 5pts each) are bezel set directly above and below the flower, and green enamel leaves decorate the sides of the gold setting. Stamped on the outside of the band are several hallmarks, including "B-723," and "3/4 B." A terrific Art Nouveau ring, it is perfect for any plique collector and would make a special addition to any ensemble!
Measurement: The ring has a finger size of 6, but could be re-sized if necessary. The plique-a-jour centerpiece measures approximately 5/8" tall and 3/4" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting, plique-à-jour enameling, or the diamond and rubies stones, both of which are intact.