A diamond solitaire ring and band, Elsie Parsons
Lot 3
A diamond solitaire ring and band, Elsie Parsons
US$ 5,000 - 7,000
£3,200 - 4,500

Auction 20000: Fine Jewellery
13 Jun 2012 12:00 EDT

New York
Lot Details
A diamond solitaire ring and band, Elsie Parsons
centering a round brilliant-cut diamond, weighing 1.05 carats, within an openwork, engraved surround of floral and foliate motif; together with a band of similar design; unsigned; mounted in fourteen karat gold; sizes 6 1/2 and 7 respectively

Footnotes

  • Elsie Parsons was a Boston Arts and Crafts jeweler that worked with leading American jeweler Edward Everett Oakes, from 1917, when he opened his studio, until his death in 1960. Both Parsons and Oakes were master craftsman members of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, and Parsons was a member of The League of New Hampshire Craftsman. Parsons and Oakes maintained a lasting relationship, working together for more than forty years during which Parsons also contributed to the business as bookkeeper and assistant to Oakes. Parsons' paramount involvement was in the fine details - she worked for each creation as a jeweler at the bench. Undoubtedly, her talent fostered Oakes' recognition and as well as helping the business to flourish. Parsons continued to work in Oakes' studio for more than a decade after Oakes had passed.

    This engagement set was a commission, accepted by Parsons while she was still working at her bench in her 80's. The foliate motif, design, and bezel set gem are reminiscent Oakes' jewels, however, the leaves are less crisp, and lend themselves to a more romantic aesthetic, a softer interpretation of nature.
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