AUSTRALIAN EARLY ART DECO c1920 THREE STONE RING BY ‘WENDT’ ON 18ct YELLOW GOLD
This adorable ring features 3 Old Mine Cut gemstones, Sapphire, Ruby and Amethyst, set across the top on an angle in raised crown settings, with bypass shoulders rising from the band, with sweet ornate details.
Beautifully handcrafted by Australian Jewellery manufacturer WENDT, c1920’s, this dainty ring is a colour pop on the hand, a dream to wear stacked with others, or equally lovely worn solo. Showing signs of wear commensurate with age, but overall in very good condition.
Stones: 1 x Old Mine cut Blue Sapphire
1 x Old Mine Cut Ruby
1 x Old Mine Cut Amethyst
Size: L (5.75 US) Diameter = 16.25mm Circumference = 51mm
This ring is able to be resized
Metal: 18ct Yellow Gold
Hallmarks: 18ct, WENDT
Weight: 2.62 grams
Condition: In good vintage condition, signs of wear commensurate with age, the band is original width throughout
A Brief History of the Maker:
Joachim Matthias Wendt arrived in Port Adelaide in 1854, just 18 years after the foundation of South Australia. He was born in 1830 in Denmark.
He brought his skills to South Australia, quickly opening a small watchmaking and jewellery shop in Pirie Street, Adelaide. Business was good and so he soon moved to better premises in Rundle Street.
Wendt's soon became recognised as a top quality shop. The jewellery, silverware, watches and clocks were equal to the best which were imported.
Joachim Wendt died in 1917 aged 87, the business continued to flourish under H. K. Wendt's management. His eldest son, Alan, joined the business in 1919. On his father's death in 1938, Alan became sole proprietor. In 1947, Alan's son Peter Koeppen Wendt, joined his father and they became the first directors of the newly formed private company.
The final managing director of J. M. Wendt's was Timothy Wendt. Five generations of the family held executive positions in the business until its closure at the end of the 20th-century.
A highlight in Wendt's long and successful history was to be commissioned by the South Australian Government to manufacture a necklace and ear-rings for Queen Elizabeth II, and cuff links for the Duke of Edinburgh, for their visit in 1954.
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