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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    London (Made)

  • Date:

    1961 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kutchinsky (Retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Baguette diamonds set in platinum

  • Credit Line:

    Given in memory of Rhoda Golding

  • Museum number:

    M.12-2013

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 43, shelf A, box 3

Nathan Cousins, who ran a clothing stall on Shepherd's Bush market, London, bought this ring as a gift for his wife Doris in 1961. It is a double eternity ring, diamonds set in platinum in an attractive and unusual chevron pattern. Nathan and Doris married in April 1933 and it is possible that this ring was bought in March 1961 as an anniversary present. Nathan was born in Russia but became part of the large group of Jewish emigrés who made London their home.

The ring was bought from the London goldsmiths and diamond merchants Kutchinsky. The firm was founded in the 1890s when the family fled Poland and set up a jewellery manufacturing company in the East End. The first Kutchinsky shop was on the Commercial Road and became known for its fine platinum jewellery. By the 1950s, the firm had moved to Knightsbridge where it continues in business under new management.

Physical description

Eternity ring formed of a double row of baguette diamonds set in a chevron or parquet pattern. The diamonds are in open-backed platinum settings. The ring has been resized by adding a group of six diamonds.

Place of Origin

London (Made)

Date

1961 (Made)

Artist/maker

Kutchinsky (Retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Baguette diamonds set in platinum

Dimensions

Diameter: 24 mm, Height: 9 mm

Object history note

This ring was originally purchased by London shopkeeper Nathan Cousins from Kutchinsky Goldsmiths and Diamond Merchants, 69 Brompton Road, London in March 1961. He bought it as a gift for his wife Doris Cousins (born 1903, died 1989). Nathan Cousins is said to have often bought diamond jewellery as gifts for his wife. They married on the 9th of April 1933 and it is possible that this ring was an anniversary present.

Nathan Cousins was born in Russia and trained as an architect. He moved to London and became a nationalised citizen in 1949. He ran a clothing stall on Shepherd's Bush market, part of the large group of Jewish emigrés who made London their home. Nathan and Doris had one daughter, Rhoda Golding. On her death, the ring was offered to the museum by her friend and executor Brenda Whitby.

Kutchinsky have identified this ring as model number DR 11.

Descriptive line

Diamond and platinum double eternity ring, by Kutchinsky, London, 1961.

Materials

Platinum; Diamond

Categories

Jewellery; Personal accessories; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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