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Ruby and diamond ring by Lacloche Frères.
c. 1905, France
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LACLOCHE FRÈRES (1875-1966)
|Description||Ruby and diamond ring by Lacloche Frères, French, circa 1905. A yellow gold and platinum ring with vertical marquise shaped bezel composed of a central flower, the centre of the florette set with one round old cut ruby in a gold rubover collet setting with an approximate weight of 0.03 carats, the remainder of the flower set with ten cushion shaped old mine diamonds in platinum topped gold bead settings, on a ground of thirty two tapered step cut unheated Burmese rubies with an approximate total weight of 3.00 carats, all encircled by a single row of forty six cushion shaped old mine diamonds in platinum topped gold millegrain bead settings, all fifty six cushion shaped diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.50 carats, flanked by split crossover scrolled shoulders set with twenty round rose cut diamonds in platinum topped gold bead settings with an approximate total weight of 0.20 carats, on a gold tapered ridged square shank, with an approximate combined ruby weight of 3.03 carats, an approximate combined diamond weight of 1.70 carats, signed ‘LACLOCHE FRES PARIS’, and with a French maker’s mark.
The jewellery firm of Lacloche Frères was founded in 1875 in Madrid, Spain by a family of four brothers: Fernand, Jacques, Jules and Leopold Lacloche. In 1892 the firm moved to Paris, taking up a shop on the Avenue de l’Opera, where they competed among the top jewellers, including Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef and Arpels. In these early years in Paris Lacloche produced jewellery in the reigning Belle Époque style, of which this ring is a rare and exceptional example. The ring exhibits all the hallmarks of this high style, including delicate floral motif, openwork scrolls and elongated bezel, all executed in platinum topped yellow gold and a two-tone gemstone combination; the latter element was most often comprised of diamonds with one other precious coloured gem, typically ruby, sapphire or emerald. Pieces made by the firm are recognizable for the intricacy of craftsmanship, this being no exception, as exemplified by the fine pavé setting of the calibré-cut rubies, which was a new technique introduced around this time. Few early Lacloche pieces are seen today, and fewer still rings, making this, in conjunction with the outstanding quality of the work, a collector’s item. It is truly an example of the crème de la crème of French Belle Époque jewellery.
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