The word "retro" comes from a Latin prefix that literally means "back" or "into the past." It may bring to mind the modernism of the post-war years, manifested in the applied art of that time.
Retro style often refers to new things that show the characteristics of the past. Contrary to the historicism of the romantic generations, it is mostly the recent retro past that tries to sum up, focusing on products, fashions and artistic styles from the time of the industrial revolution. It can be said that this style symbolizes a fundamental shift in our perception of the past.
This change of optics is a source of inspiration for me. In my works, I often combine modern functionality with old design. That is why I was very happy when Mr. Przemysław wrote to me asking me to design a retro-style ring. It was to refer to old, modernist products with large stones, while maintaining a precise, modern finish.
I started my work with finding a suitable stone. I chose 5 ct chrome tourmaline, which comes from Mozambique. I entered the contour of the stone into the marquise, which I then divided into four quarters of the same shape. Along the axis of the marquise, I profiled decorative mirrors converging to the stone setting. Each quarter has diamonds and is finished with lace, and the whole thing is handcrafted in green 14k gold.