Item: Antique Vintage gold engagement ring with one old mine brilliant cut diamond - anno 1900Condition: very good Country of origin: Netherlands Style: Belle Epoque Era: ca. 1900 Inspired by: The 'toi et moi' engagement ring Napoleon gave to Josephine. Material: 14K rose gold Diamond: One old mine brilliant cut diamond (also called bolshevic) with an estimated weight of ± 0.40ct. (colour and clarity: G/H, si/i). All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. Hallmarks: The Dutch control mark representing an oak leaf and that was in use between 1852 and 1906. Dimensions: Width top: ± 1,10 cm (0,43 inch) - Width band: ± 0,18 cm (0,07 inch)Weight: 2,20 gram (1,41 dwt) Ring size: EU-53 & 17 , USA-6¼, UK-MComes with certificate
The Belle Époque (French for "Beautiful Era") was a period in European social history that began during the late 19th century from the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) and lasted until World War I (1914-18). Occurring during the time of the French Third Republic and the German Empire, the "Belle Époque" was named in retrospect, when it began to be considered a "golden age" the major powers of Europe, new technologies improved lives and the commercial arts adapted Renaissance and eighteenth-century styles to modern forms. In the newly rich United States, emerging from the Panic of 1873, the comparable epoch was dubbed the Gilded Age. In the United Kingdom, this epoch overlaps the end of what is called the Victorian Era there and the period named the Edwardian Era.
In the Belle Époque cheap coal and cheap labour contributed to the cult of the orchid and made possible the perfection of fruits grown under glass, as the apparatus of state dinners extended to the upper classes; champagne was perfected during the Belle Époque. Exotic feathers and furs were more prominently featured in fashion than ever before, as haute couture was invented in Paris, the centre of the Belle Époque, where fashion began to move in a yearly cycle; in Paris restaurants such as Maxim's achieved a new splendour and cachet as places for the rich to parade, and the Opéra Garnier devoted enormous spaces to staircases as similar show places. After mid-century, railways linked all the major cities of Europe to spa towns like Biarritz and Deauville; their carriages were rigorously divided into first-class and second-class, but the super-rich now began to commission private railway coaches, as exclusivity was a hallmark of opulent luxury. Bohemian lifestyles gained a different glamour, pursued in the cabarets of Montmartre.
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