Gold, Diamond, Emerald and Conch Pearl Lovebirds Ring by Morelle Davidson
Two ducks sit nestled against one another on an 18 karat gold ring, one pavé-set with diamonds and emeralds and the other made from conch pearls. Pearls weigh 23 carats, diamonds 2.65 carats and emeralds 1.09 carats.
The Contemporary Period is a broad term with an elusive definition. It refers to jewellery made during a 45 year period from the 1980s to the present day. It refers to big stylistic and ideological shifts stimulating the jewellers during this time: from Studio and Auteur jewellery to Costume, Fashion and Fine jewellery. Contemporary jewellery is best summarised not by precise physical attributes but as a modern attitude to the practice of making and designing jewellery.
The advancement of technology is a major factor in the look of Contemporary jewellery. Generally Contemporary jewellery has a clean, crisp finish thanks to the capabilities of modern tools. Settings have become almost invisible in some pieces, so that gems seem to float upon the skin. The cutting of gemstones is particularly noticeable in a piece of Contemporary jewellery. The cut of a diamond is a key feature that can help date a piece of jewellery.
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