Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Double Ring

Maker:
Marcus and Co. (American, New York, 1892–1942)
Date:
ca. 1895
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Gold, diamonds, and emerald
Dimensions:
1 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (2.9 x 3.8 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Purchase, Susan and Jon Rotenstreich Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.241
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
This double ring features two bezel-set rose-cut diamonds flanking a central rectangular cabochon-cut green gem. All of the stones are foil-backed, and the mount is elaborately chased with Renaissance-style scrollwork. The inside of one band is marked 'M & Co.' for New York City jewelry firm Marcus & Company. Archaeological revival jewelry was fashionable at the time of this ring's manufacture; it takes its form from 4th century AD Roman examples.

Prior to establishing Marcus & Co with his sons in 1892, German immigrant Herman Marcus (1828 - 1899) was employed by the prestigious New York City firms Tiffany & Co. and Black, Starr & Frost, and for a time partnered with the jeweler Theodore B. Starr. He was known for applying his knowledge of art and mythology to the jewels his company created. Upon his death in 1899 a remembrance published in “The Jeweler's Circular” stated "Few men who have ever been in the jewelry trade in New York have been more thoroughly versed in their business than was Herman Marcus." Marcus & Co. remained in business until 1942.
Marking: Inside one band; M & CO.
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