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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Ring

ca. 1920-1940 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

These narrow rings, set with a continuous line of matching, single-colour stones, are known as eternity rings. They became very fashionable during the 1930s, worn either next to or instead of a plain wedding band. Although diamonds were the most usual choice, ones set with emeralds, rubies or sapphires were also popular. On her marriage in 1934 the Duchess of Kent selected three - one of rubies, one of diamonds and one of sapphires, a patriotic reference to the colours of the Union Jack.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 5 parts.

  • Ring
  • Ring
  • Ring
  • Ring
  • Ring
Materials and Techniques
Platinum guard rings set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies
Brief Description
Set of five platinum guard rings set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies. USA, about 1920-40.
Physical Description
Set of five platinum guard rings set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies
Style
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Literary ReferenceArt Deco
Summary
These narrow rings, set with a continuous line of matching, single-colour stones, are known as eternity rings. They became very fashionable during the 1930s, worn either next to or instead of a plain wedding band. Although diamonds were the most usual choice, ones set with emeralds, rubies or sapphires were also popular. On her marriage in 1934 the Duchess of Kent selected three - one of rubies, one of diamonds and one of sapphires, a patriotic reference to the colours of the Union Jack.
Other Numbers
  • LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS:344-2003 - Previous loan number
  • 281A - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.210 to 214-2007

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record createdFebruary 13, 2008
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