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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1920-1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum guard rings set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:

    M.210 to 214-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 30, shelf A, box 22 []

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.

Physical description

Set of five platinum guard rings set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies

Place of Origin

USA (made)

Date

ca. 1920-1940 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Platinum guard rings set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies

Descriptive line

Set of five platinum guard rings set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies. USA, about 1920-40.

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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