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French Rolled Gold Art Nouveau Ring

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A pretty Art Nouveau ring that is not gold and was made in France using the “Fix” process. This is rolled gold, in which a “sandwich” consisting of a plate of copper between two thin plates of gold is compressed between rollers to the required thickness and then stamped into the form of the jewel. Companies such as Murat, Fix and Oria, founded in 1847, 1823 and 1867 respectively, specialised in high quality rolled gold jewellery. For the first time in history the public could wear a jewel that looked like it was made of gold, and the demand was strong during the mid-nineteenth century onwards in France. This ring dates from around 1900 and is typical of The Art Nouveau movement featuring a lady with flowing hair amidst iris’s.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginArt Nouveau (1890-1915), French
MeasurementsTop 2.2 cm by 8 mm
Current Size F Eligible for Free Sizing
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ConditionVery Good
HallmarksFIX ( for rolled gold )
Maker's mark on outside of shank illegible
ProvenanceFrench