Big rings: New whoppers have more punch than price (1952)
Article from LIFE – April 21, 1952
In jewelry, intrinsic value does not always coincide with fashion. The display value of a good but diminutive half-carat diamond, which costs about $350, fades beside the eye-popping rings shown [below], the most expensive of which costs $300.
The four on the top hand are massive gold set with semiprecious stones. Styles like these are increasingly sold as engagement rings for girls who want a big show for the money.
The rings on the lower hand are set with fake stones or inexpensive real ones like tourmalines. They have little sentimental or trade-in value, but are a colorful accessory for pale summer clothes.
Outsize assortment (left to right) on top hand are: sweetwater pearl with brown diamond (Arthur King, $225), turquoise with white sapphires ($300) and culture pearl ($250, both David Webb), amethysts (Otto Grun, $300).
Lower hand has twin pearl dangles (Castlecliff, $10 each), real tourmalines and fake pearls (Marvella, $10), coral ball (Ciner, $25), trio of stone rings (Castlecliff, $5 each).
Super-sized fashion rings from the 1950s
5 1960s gold vintage cocktail rings (1967)
Linde Star big synthetic sapphire ring (1960)
Around this Linde Star floats a halo of diamonds… a design conceived by nationally famous jewelry designer, Oscar Heyman.
Here, in one ring, is a rare combination of fiery beauty, for in its misty cornflower blue dome flickers a brilliant, six-rayed star! Each movement of your hand brings it to life, fills your ‘Linde’ Star with a heavenly fire that never fails to captivate.
Have you ever seen a ‘Linde’ Star, on your hand? Your jeweler will be happy to show you Linde’ Stars, .. shimmering blues and reds, surfaces as hard and timeless as precious gems from India. Settings in karat gold are many and varied. Linde Star and diamond ring by Oscar Heyman, $3,000, F.T.I.