Sustainable luxury, centuries of craftsmanship

Mid Century

An era defined by the dramatic economic and social impact of the Second World War; ring-makers created styles using the limited materials and skilled labour they could source, along with utilising innovation to achieve more with less. Precious metals gained even more value in their limited supply, with platinum in some cases being completely prohibited from sale; this resulted in low carat alloys being used with more common metals such as copper or brass.
A setting technique called 'pavé' was popular during this time; which involves placing stones in small holes that have been drilled out on the surface of the metal. As-well as being used to create dense flower-like forms or domed 'bombé' shapes, the grouping of tiny gems sometimes created the illusion of one larger stone. Where precious gems were scarce, vibrant synthetic stones, or semi-precious stones such as were used as a substitute, as well as enameled metal which gave a needed injection of colour.