Guys, if you're looking for an affordable treasure to melt your lady's heart, here it is. This would be an enchanting sweetheart ring and is even pretty enough to be a wedding band for a gal who prefers the simplicity of silver. With its pattern of flowers against a trellis of latticework, this enchanting sterling ring most likely dates from around 1930, the late Art Deco period. The Great Depression was on then and people turned from the look of streamlined luxury to less costly materials and cheerful, figural designs to lift their spirits. Jewels of this period have a "Disney-esque" quality that I call Depression Deco. Also supporting the dating is that the hallmark is "Sterling" rather than "925", which grew common from around the mid-30s. By American 75-year standards, it's antique or nearly so, although Europeans would still call it vintage.
The ring's condition is superb, size is about a US 6, weight is a very substantial 4.1 grams and provenance is a Chicago area estate.
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