Vintage 1980s Huge Statement Ring
Sensational Henry Dunay 18ct ring
Crafted in hammered 18ct gold this fabulous sculptured ring is so stylish
Designed to coil around the finger it is easy and comfortable to wear
This gorgeous ring will certainly make a statement when worn
- Clearly signed Henry Dunay and 750 (18ct Gold)
- This ring dates to the 1970/80s
- Head 3cm long and 2.4cm wide.
- It stands 1.1 cm proud of the shank
- It weighs 15 grams
- Size M 1/2 (UK) 6.5 (USA)
- This ring is in exceptional condition
- It comes in the presentation box illustrated
- Our ref: 2393
Henry Dunay was apprenticed to the jeweller Rudolph Cacioli at 15, he learned the art of jewellery making.He quickly worked his way up to becoming a master model maker and setter at a remarkably young age, impressing Cacioli with the fineness of his work and the refinement of his proportions and curves. Observing that most jewellery in shop windows followed the same styles and dimensions, he started his own firm in 1956.Taking in work from other manufacturers mostly Harry Winston, this helped him to support himself initially, Dunay quickly found success and fame after winning the De Beers Diamond International Award, which showered images of his designs around the world.
Soon, Henry Dunay jewelry could be found in some of the most important jewellery stores where shoppers were drawn to the unique style, sensuous curves, and exceptional craftsmanship of the jewellery designed and created by Henry Dunay. A key supporter was Stanley Marcus, whose Neiman Marcus department stores first sold branded designer jewelry when they began selling Henry Dunay. Jewellery was soon followed by timepieces, fragrances, and objet d’art.
Henry Dunay achieved notable success after the introduction of the Sabi finish. Inspired by the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, which embraces asymmetry, simplicity, and the integrity of natural processes and objects. Described initially as “simple elegance, Sabi consisted of finely hand-etched lines that require remarkable precision and skill by Henry Dunay to create the sophisticated look. Coinciding with the brand’s rising popularity in Japan and the growing influence of Far Eastern cultures on its designs, Sabi solidified once again Henry Dunay’s position as a leading jewelry designer, artist and trendsetter in the world of fine jewelry.
Dunay designed a ring from an uncut Arkansas diamond for Hilary Clinton to wear to the 1993 inaugural balls.
Affected by the late-2000s financial crisis, Henry Dunay Designs and its inventory valued at $50 million was sold at auction in December 2009. He later formed a new company, H.D.D. Inc., focusing on custom pieces.
Today he continues to design and hand fabricate jewellery in New York City’s Diamond District.
How to care for your Henry Dunay 18ct ring. Store in a box wrapped in soft cloth or tissue. Clean with soap, water and a soft toothbrush. You can also use a proprietary liquid gold jewellery cleaner, drop into the pot for 10 minutes then wash under warm running water, dry off with kitchen towel, then polish with a gold polishing cloth.