LALAOUNIS Estate 18kt Diamond + Ruby Fish Bypass Ring
Prolific jewelry designer Ilias Lalaounis was born in Athens, Greece in 1920. Descending from a family of goldsmiths, he apprenticed under his uncle's jewelry firm to become a master craftsman. In 1941 he took over the family business, and later developed a vision for his signature style during the 1950s. Inspired by his passion for prehistoric motifs, artifacts, and Greek mythology, he studied traditional methods of artistry, branching out on his own in the 1960s to form his own company. In the decades that followed, his work blossomed into a myriad of fine jewelry collections that earned widespread appeal and designer status. Adored by celebrities and the fashion elite, designs by LALAoUNIS remain in high demand among collectors and jewelry lovers in the modern day!
This fabulous Estate ring by LALAoUNIS is a spectacular example of the designer's signature style! Crafted in vibrant 18kt yellow gold with white gold accents, the ring has a fabulous 3-dimensional bypass design. It depicts a beautiful fish, possibly a koi fish, whose head rests prominently at the front, while the body wraps around to form the band, ending with the tail resting below the head. A decorative leaf-shaped plaque encrusted with sparkling diamonds rests atop the head, catching the light beautifully with every turn. The Brilliant Cut stones are bead-set in white gold, creating a lovely two-tone appeal, and embellishing each eye is a raspberry red ruby, providing a perfect pop of color. Both fins and tail are lined with lovely groves while the body is covered in a scale-like texture, showcasing fantastic and realistic details. When worn, the ring makes a striking statement piece that is both luxurious and eye-catching. Stamped behind the tail is the authentic signature hallmark symbol, and "LALAOUNIS, beside a "750" gold purity mark. Perfect for the fashion-forward woman or the LALAoUNIS collector, this magnificent ring is a rare and special find!
Measurements: The ring is a finger size 6 and could be resized slightly if desired. The bypass design measures approximately 1 1/8" long, and rests about 1/4" above the finger when worn. The band measures 3.5mm wide at the back. The overall pennyweight of the piece is 5.3dwt (8.1 grams).
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow and white gold setting and all of the diamonds are rubies are intact and securely set.