As you know if you love antique filigree, the Belais brothers were legendary for producing the finest white gold filigree mountings in the early 20th century. In fact, they owned a patent for their process that held in the U.S. through the 1920s. Very few Belais rings are available now (just three others I could find online, besides our small selection) and it's easy to see why; once you have one of these, you don't want to let it go!
This glorious Belais ring, of 18k white gold and in magnificent condition with crisp filigree, is the prettiest I've ever seen. Dating from around 1920, it has a graceful Edwardian delicacy that predates the bold geometry of Art Deco. Its stone, a beautifully emerald-cut aquamarine, is well worthy of the spectacular setting. Approximately 2 1/2 carats and completely natural (not even heat-treated as they do routinely now to intensify color), it's very bright, eye clean and with few inclusions even under a 10X loupe. Current size is 4 1/2, easy to alter since the back of the band isn't ornamented. Acquired at an estate sale, it came in a pretty presentation box marked The Davis Company, Chicago, which is likely original and certainly right for the period. The case will be included with the purchase.
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