Old European Cut Diamond Bypass Ring by Raymond Yard
A pair of old European cut diamonds totaling approximately 4 carats are accented with baguette and single cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.50 carat in a platinum bypass ring signed Yard Inc. Circa 1920s.
MAKER Raymond Yard
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About Raymond YardIn 1898 at the young age of 13, Raymond C. Yard began a career in the jewelry trade as a door boy at one of the premiere jewelry houses in the U.S., Marcus & Co. in New York. Having learned jewelry-making and salesmanship, he quickly rose through the ranks and by his 30s, he was the most sought-after salesmen at Marcus. There, he attracted the attention of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a Marcus client, who in 1922 encouraged him open his own firm and recommended him to his friends: the Woolworth, Flagler, DuPont, Harriman and Vanderbilt families. With an extraordinary clientele, Raymond Yard soon became synonymous with high-quality gemstones and platinum mountings elevating the Art Deco movement in the 1920s and 1930s to another level through ornate and delicate designs.
About Art Deco1920s-1935
Reflecting the flamboyant and playful attitudes of the Jazz Age, the Art Deco period is one of the most popular and enduring periods of jewelry design. Defined by geometric shapes, angular lines and graphic color schemes, jewels of the era took inspiration from the contemporary Cubist movement, as well as from Ancient Egypt—King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922. Black onyx set against white diamonds and rock crystal ruled the day, but rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls were also popular.