• Cabochon Ruby and Diamond Heart Ring | Fred Leighton
Cabochon Ruby and Diamond Heart Ring | Fred LeightonCabochon Ruby and Diamond Heart Ring | Fred Leighton

Cabochon Ruby and Diamond Heart Ring


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Cabochon rubies totaling approximately 13 carats, with 2 gemological reports stating there are no indications of heat treatment, are set in a heart shaped cluster accented with single cut and round diamonds totaling approximately 0.35 carat mounted in platinum. Circa 1930s. Though the ring is unsigned, it evokes the style and flair of famed American designer, Paul Flato.

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About Paul Flato

In the 1930s Paul Flato was best known as a jeweler to the stars, both on screen and off. Flato is known for his imaginative, ornate and whimsical work – in one design, roses become bracelets of intertwining leaves on a baguette-cut diamond stem – and he is acknowledged by jewelry historians as having design skill on par with the European jewelers of the day. And yet he didn’t ignore modernity. His Art Deco designs often command big price tags at auction.

About Retro

The jewelry period dating from 1935 to 1950, often referred to as Retro, was set against the backdrop of economic depression and World War II. As women entered the workforce and the clothing moved to a more subdued and simple place, jewelry stepped into fill the fashion void. Retro jewelry was all about bigger, bolder, and brighter. Taking cues from the fantasy and glamour of Hollywood, jewelry was created on a larger scale than it had been for decades. With platinum reserved for the war effort, gold resurged in popularity, and different colors of gold were created in shades of rose and green. With the limited supply of diamonds and precious gemstones, jewelers looked to citrine, amethyst, topaz, and aquamarine to bring color and character to a piece. Bold cocktail rings with large rectangular cut gemstones, oversized gold bracelets with links and buckles, and whimsical charm bracelets were the signature pieces of the period. Common motifs included birds, flower baskets, dancers, bows and shells.

About Vintage Jewelry

As curators of 3 centuries of design, we look at jewelry with a discerning eye to find the most inspired, exquisitely crafted pieces. We are proud to share the world’s most renowned vintage jewelry from the greatest design periods the world has ever known.