Ring with heart shaped diamond

Ring with heart shaped diamond

Yard inc.

Single stone diamond ring. Set with heart-shaped diamond weighing 1.77cts., flanked on eachside by a tapered baguette-cut diamond, mounted in platinum and signed Yard inc. c. 1930 

Raymond Yard began his career in the jewelry industry at the age of thirteen when he became a messenger boy at the well-established firm of Marcus & Co. in New York. Over the next twenty-four years, Yard firmly established himself with the company’s well-heeled clientele and received a thorough education in all aspects of the jewelry trade. He came to understand and value the highest standards of gem material and craftsmanship. In recognition of his jewelry acumen and integrity, his client, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. encouraged him to start his own firm. Raymond C. Yard Inc. opened its doors on Fifth Avenue in New York in 1922.

Adorable diamond heart ring in platinum, circa 1930s. Raymond Yard is considered one of the great Art Deco jewelers of America. He began his jewelry career at the age of thirteen in 1898, opening doors at one of the premiere jewelry houses in New York, Marcus & Co. Some 20 years later, Yard was the most sought after salesman on the floor. He gained the patronage of John D. Rockefeller Jr., and opened his own shop on Fifth Avenue. Yard’s first solo commission was the Rockefeller wedding. New York’s wealthiest families were devoted Yard clients. Joan Crawford wore some of her own Yard pieces onscreen, such as a citrine necklace in 1941’s “When Ladies Meet” and a sapphire bracelet in 1955’s “Queen Bee.” This ring is a superb example of Yard’s Art Deco style, with the baguette cut diamonds on the sides and always set in platinum. This diamond weighs 1.77 carats and is a beautiful example of an old mine cut with its big culet.

Type:    Rings
Country:    America
Period:    1900 - 1940
Ref number:    6370
Status:    Sold

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