- US Size: Right between a 5.00 and 5.25
- Precious Metal Weight: 1.13 dwt
- Precious Metal Material: 14k warm yellow gold mounting with 18k white gold channel
- Dimensions: faces up 3.60 mm north to south (width); 2.20 mm rise from the finger (depth) at the face; shoulders taper from 3.60 mm where acanthus/scallop detail begins to 1.70 mm at the base of the shank
- Weight: A comfortable 1.76 grams
Markings: 14K-18K JABEL (possible hand-engraved date inscription to the left of this mark, and if this is undoubtedly present, it is no longer legible, as it is polished away after nearly 100 years of loving wear)
Era: This ring dates to circa 1930, with an original presentation envelope and corresponding outer box that date to the same period. This case is an early leatherette-like material, which is plastic and is crackling with some loss at the creases. The actual ring holder and interstice are a kind of velvet or felt, while the outer box is an early branded paper box that safely holds the envelope presentation case when folded up and placed inside.
- Buyer Notes: This ring is a beautiful relic of another era of design, and showcases its diamonds just as much as its historical context. Because this band has been ushered through each iteration of time WITH its original packaging, it stands apart from the sea of Art Deco wedding bands that flood the market. Made with extremely high standards and skill, and representing all the lives of those who made it and sold it, this ring is a sparkling reminder that we are all connected and that every story matters. The original packaging that comes with the purchase of this ring is the white paper box + cream envelope-style presentation case (not any other boxes shown, which are for photographic purposes only). Additionally, because this ring comes with its original packaging, it will not also ship with the standard Revival Fine Jewelry presentation gift box.
- Credits: The last image is retrieved from: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1884 - 1886). Rococo Architectural Ornaments.
- Center Stone Type: Diamond
- Center Stone Count: Seven (7)
- Center Stone Dimensions: Approximately 1.5 mm (measured within mount so as to preserve integrity)
- Center Stone Carat Weight: By formula per the specific gravity of diamond, estimated 0.14 ctw; 0.02 ct ea.
- Center Stone Shape: Old Single Cut
- Center Stone Color: Est. G-H
- Center Stone Clarity: Est. VS1-VS2 (perfectly eye clean and no visible inclusions under 60-90x jeweler’s loupe)
Exquisitely ornate and as brilliant as the day it was first made, this Art Deco era diamond wedding band bears all the hallmarks of the Jazz Age style. This band was created by Jabel, a globally recognized jewelry house that has been in constant operation since 1916 out of New Jersey. The company is famed for being one of the first in the US to patent and alloy their own white gold, made with palladium for an utmost silvery color. Their gold alloys are known for being notably durable, and their process is hailed as iconic in the jewelry manufacturing industry, as Jabel is well celebrated for their historic employment of die-struck construction techniques.
This band maintains its crisp appearance, only showing wear commensurate with its 90+ year age and use under extreme magnification. Being that this piece is of Jabel make, it features a most thoughtful design that marries the strong and bold geometric forms of the era to a softer, curvier and more romantic appeal: the ring face shows a row of seven bright diamonds, each one set with four prongs, their interstitial spaces between forming an engraved diamond-shaped contour (see photos to view this super subtle added detail). These diamonds are set and framed by 18k white gold, a clever trick to visually whiten the stones even more and make the row appear to have an even larger total carat weight. The seven diamonds carry meaning, as the number 7 is believed one of good fortune, biblically expresses unity amongst all parties, and is a representation of the divinely fulfilled promise of favor.
The band setting itself is made of 14k warm yellow gold, which has earned a highly desirable buttery patina over time, only enhancing the blushing undertone of the material. The diamond spread gives way to a dimensional shoulder detail on both sides, one that appears as foliate as it does pelagic; the shoulders can be perceived as either unfurling acanthus leaves or the opened palm of a scallop shell. Both naturalistic references derive from the Rococo Movement that flourished during the earliest decade of the 18th century, and both forms are sensual and tactile, conveying a message of affectionate tenderness, and fidelity in partnership. Please view the very last image, which is a Rococo architectural design catalogue page that espouses these acanthus and shell motifs. From this page, one can easily see the inspiration of Rococo dynamism in this Deco band.
Further down the shoulders, the curvatures of the Rococo allusions restructure to form a striking knife-edge beveled effect, which terminates halfway down the shank on both sides by a raised trefoil or triquetra design. This three-pointed detail is a multifaceted symbol: it is a Gothic reference to the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), wherein the Divine embodies the nurturing and sacrificial nature of a Father, the loyal character of a friend and brother, and the exhilarating fortification of an unseen guide. This shape is also a reference to the lucky shamrock, whose three leaves stand for faith, hope and love. In culminating symbolism, this trefoil design suggests the triquetra, or Lover’s Knot, with three arcs that infinitely interlace with no start or finish. The Lover’s Knot motif is a conceptual adaptation of the knot tied over a couple’s hands during the traditional Celtic wedding ceremony, so as to symbolize lifelong belonging to one another.
We cherish the contextual history of the antique jewels we acquire, and believe that they contribute to the pieces’ integrities and importances just as much as the precious materials of which they are made. As such, we are proud to note that this band retains its original presentation case from when it was purchased brand new from Robert Koerber, Inc. Jewelers. This presentation packaging, though very fragile, will be transferred to the new caretaker with purchase of the ring, as we desire to ensure that this piece’s historic components remain together in order to proclaim their fullest stories.
Robert Koerber, Inc. Jewelers was established in 1865, in the tumultuous wake of the American Civil War’s close, and was once located at 818 Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This company was started by a Swiss immigrant, whose son, Robert Frederick Koerber Jr. (born July 15, 1903) was the secretary-treasurer of the company by his mid-20s. By 1927, Koerber Jr. was still a newlywed and was freshly appointed the store’s salesman making a salaried ~$3,500 a year (roughly the equivalent of $64,702.75 in 2020). Evident from this timing, it would have been he who sold this very ring to its original owner around 1930.
Also by 1930, Koerber Jr. and his wife Dorothy Maude Tunison (Koerber) had a daughter named Cynthia, but by 1932, Koerber Jr. was a widower as his wife passed from pneumonia and complications from a heart condition. She was six months pregnant at the time. Two years later in 1934, Koerber Jr. remarried to Greta Astrom, with whom he had a son in 1935, and to whom he remained married until his death in 1989. Greta passed nearly a decade later in 1998. One must always remember that these beloved heirlooms are products of many hands, many loves, many losses and many lives.
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