She Bought A Piece Of Jewelry Thinking It Was A Cubic Zirconia… Boy Was She Surprised!

Art Deco, also known as Style Moderne, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. It became popular in the 1920s and 1930s, and influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theaters, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners.

It combined modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.

In the 1920s it was influenced by the bold geometric of cubism; the bright colors of fauvism and of the Ballets Russes; and the updated craftsmanship of the furniture of the eras of Louis Philippe and Louis XVI; by the exotic styles of China and Japan, India, Persia, ancient Egypt and the Mayan culture. It featured rare and expensive materials such as ebony and ivory and exquisite craftsmanship. In the 1930s, after the Great Depression, the style became more subdued. New materials arrived, including chrome plating, stainless steel and plastic.

When the owner of this beautiful ring bought it, she thought it was a cubic zirconia. Her belief was acceptable as she only paid $30 for it. After discovering some hallmarks and doing a little research, however, she discovered that she may have gotten more than she bargained for!

After taking the ring to Antiques Roadshow to get it appraised, her suspicions were confirmed: it was actually a French Art Deco diamond ring from 1930, worth 25-30,000 dollars!

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