An absolutely amazing and possibly a one of a kind vintage 1970 Van Cleef & Arpels bubble gum pink coral and diamonds ring depicting a Space Age belt buckle, crafted in 18 karat yellow gold and white gold diamond settings. The finely carved rectangular pink coral is exceptionally flawless and with even color. It is masterly carved in the form of a large three dimensional curved belt buckle holding a stylised belt, paved in round brilliant cut diamonds.
The 10 diamonds are arranged in two rows, open set within white gold borders, further encapsulated into ornamented yellow gold borders that protrude through the coral clasp, thus completing the shank of the ring. The middle sections of the shank are further hand engraved with flashes of vertical stripes, while the ornamented borders resemble an asteroid or gold nugget surface. All 10 diamonds are of round brilliant cut with superb E-F white color and VVS1 clarity, having an estimated combined weight of 0.60 carats.The top head of the ring adorned with the coral buckle measures exactly 19.5x16.5mm. Ring size is between 52 and 53 (US size 6-6 1/4, UK size L-M) with a gross weight of 11.0 grams.
This particular ring with such a modernist and futuristic Atomic Age stylised belt buckle is somewhat reminiscent of VCA's other emblematic creation - the illustrious Zip necklace. Other major jewelry firms of that time like Cartier, David Webb, Boucheron, Bulgari / Bvlgari etc. Have also incorporated similar designs into their jewels, thus rivalling each other into a true Space Age competition.
Absolutely scarce vintage jewelry collector piece and one of the very rare Van Cleef & Arpels Space Age diamond rings and jewels. Some further details on Atomic Age, Space Age and Retro Futurism designs (courtesy of Wikipedia). Atomic Age in design refers to the period when concerns about nuclear war dominated Western society during the Cold War.Architecture, industrial design, commercial design (including advertising), interior design, and fine arts were all influenced by the themes of atomic science, as well as the Space Age, which coincided with that period. Atomic Age design became popular and instantly recognizable, with a use of atomic motifs and space age symbols.
Retro-futurism is a current resurgence of interest in Atomic Age design. Atomic particles themselves were reproduced in visual design, in areas ranging from architecture to barkcloth patterns.
The geometric atomic patterns that were produced in textiles, industrial materials, melamine counter tops, dishware and wallpaper, and many other items, are emblematic of Atomic Age design. The Space Age interests of the public also began showing up in Atomic Age designs, with star and galaxy motifs appearing with the atomic graphics. There are similarities between many Atomic Age designs and the mid-century modern trend of the same time.
Elements of Atomic Age and Space Age design were dominant in the Googie design movement in commercial buildings in the United States. Some streamlined industrial designs also echoed the influence of futurism that had been seen much earlier in Art Deco design. Whereas Atomic Age motifs and structures leaned towards design fields such as architecture and industrial design, Space Age design spread into a broader range of consumer products, including clothing fashion, and even animation styles, as with the popular television show The Jetsons. Beginning with the dawn of the Space Age (commonly attributed to the launch of Sputnik in October, 1957), Space Age design captured the optimism and faith in technology that was felt by much of society during the 1950s and 1960s.
Space Age design also had a more vernacular character, appearing in accessible forms that quickly became familiar to mainstream consumers. Space Age design became more closely associated with kitsch and with Googie architecture for popular commercial buildings such as diners, bowling alleys, and shops.
"Space Age design is closely tied to the pop movement, the fusion of popular culture, art, design, and fashion". Two of the most well-known fashion designers to use Space Age themes in their designs were Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne.
Pierre Cardin established the futuristic trend of using synthetic and industrial materials in fashion, with "forward thinking" innovations in his early 1960s work. Cardin "popularized the use of everyday materials for fashion items, like vinyl and metal rings for dresses, carpentry nails for brooches, and common decorative effects such as geometric cut-outs, appliqués, large pockets, helmets and oversized buttons". In 1964, Cardin launched his "space age" line, and André Courrèges showed his "Moon Girl" collection.
Retrofuturism took its current shape in the 1970s, a time when technology was rapidly changing. From the advent of the personal computer to the birth of the first test tube baby, this period was characterized by intense and rapid technological change. But many in the general public began to question whether applied science would achieve its earlier promisethat life would inevitably improve through technological progress.In the wake of the Vietnam War, environmental depredations, and the energy crisis, many commentators began to question the benefits of applied science. But they also wondered, sometimes in awe, sometimes in confusion, at the scientific positivism evinced by earlier generations.
Retrofuturism seeped into academic and popular culture in the 1960s and 1970s, inflecting George Lucas Star Wars and the paintings of pop artist Kenny Scharf alike. A great deal of attention is drawn to fantastic machines, buildings, cities, and transportation systems.
The futuristic design aesthetic of the early 20th century tends to solid colors, streamlined shapes, and mammoth scales. It might be said that 20th century futuristic vision found its ultimate expression in the development of Googie or Populuxe design. As applied to fiction, this brand of retrofuturistic visual style is also referred to as Raygun Gothic, a catchall term for a visual style that incorporates various aspects of the Googie, Streamline Moderne, and Art Deco architectural styles when applied to retro-futuristic science fiction environments.
Aspects of these forms of retrofuturism can also be associated with the late 1970s and early 1980s the neo-Constructivist revival that emerged in art and design circles. Designers like David King in the UK and Paula Scher in the US imitated the cool, futuristic look of the Russian avant-garde in the years following the Russian Revolution.
The item "Vintage 1970 Van Cleef & Arpels Space Age Bubble Gum Pink Coral Diamond Ring 18K" is in sale since Monday, March 22, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Retro, Vintage 1930s-1980s\Rings". The seller is "vicbg" and is located in Wien. This item can be shipped worldwide.