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Ring

Ring

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fishberg, Nathan (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum with rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Harry Fishberg

  • Museum number:

    M.241-1977

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 30, shelf A, box 12

By the end of the 16th century, it was possible to make clock movements so miniature that they could be fitted into pieces of jewellery. A 1651 French design by Pierre Woeiriot shows a Renaissance ring fitted with a tiny watch.

Ring watches continued to be made in the 18th and 19th centuries. Large numbers of ring watches were made in the early twentieth century, both by the major jewellery houses and for the mass market. Some watch rings allowed the watch to be removed and placed in a bracelet or brooch. Some rings, like this platinum and diamond ring by Nathan Fishberg incoporate the watch face into the design whilst others were fitted with a gem set or filigree bezel which covered the watch.

Using platinum, although more difficult to work than silver, allowed the diamonds to be set in strong, unobtrusive settings which would not tarnish. The combination of diamonds and platinum created the 'all white' jewellery which was fashionable in the 1920s.

Physical description

Watch ring of platinum and rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds surrounding the watch face

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1925 (made)

Artist/maker

Fishberg, Nathan (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Platinum with rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds

Dimensions

Height: 2.6 cm, Width: 2.2 cm, Depth: 2 cm

Object history note

Nathan Fishberg was a London jeweller who had a workshop on 201 Commercial Street, E1. His son Harry Fishberg donated the ring to the V&A as a response to the Museum's 1977 appeal for Art Deco jewellery.

Nathan Fishberg was born 1884 in Mizrach,Poland, and died December 30, 1957 in London. The London Gazette - 5th February 1937 reported that he was on the:

"LIST of ALIENS to whom Exemptions under Section 7 of the Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act, 1919, have been granted up to 31st January, 1937

The Name printed in larger type is that in respect of which the Exemption has been granted; then follow the former Name or Names and the Occupation or Business of the Alien or Aliens:–

FISHBERG, N. & SON; N. Fishberg; Diamond Merchant and Jeweller; 201, Commercial Road East, E.1"

The Aliens Registration Act was introduced during the First World War to control the movements of people from countries with which Britain was at war. It restricted the employment opportunities for people who fell under its aegis and barred them from certain occupations such as the civil service.

Descriptive line

Watch ring of platinum and rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds surrounding the watch face, by Nathan Fishberg, London, about 1925.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cummins, Genevieve; How the watch was worn: a fashion for 500 years; Antique collectors club, 2010

Materials

Platinum; Diamond; Glass

Techniques

Faceted

Categories

Clocks & Watches; Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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