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Collections can be driven by a passion for beauty, balance and proportion in design, exquisite craftsmanship, and a constant search for the unique. These words are the hallmarks of Rhoma Young's ongoing quest. Originally, it was love of a broad range of antiques that led to the formation of her antiques business. Over time, jewelry became her focus.
RY Signature Collection - Historic and exceptional jewelry refashioned to be made more wearable.
RY Original Collection - Historic and exceptional jewelry that's original, as acquired.
The eras of interest expanded from the gracious canatille work of Georgian jewels of the late 18th and early 19th century, to the ornate gold work and stronger colors in the stones of early- and mid-Victorian. Then, the intricate enameling and complex etching that typified later 19th century Renaissance and Etruscan Revival jewels paved the way for an increasing appreciation of the sinuous curves, grace and gentler colors of Art Nouveau as the 20th century began.
In the early 1900s, Edwardian filigree and delicate diamond work set the stage for the emergence of the more hard-edged drama of Art Deco in the 1920s and 1930s. Soon after, Modernism emerged to pave the transition to Retro in the 1930s-1950s, featuring pink and red hued gold creations, flashing with diamonds and rubies. Parallel to these trends was the Craftsman movement, leading the way into more contemporary juxtapositions of various metals, and integration of a wider array of stones and metals.