Festival of Light

Gorgeous Art Deco Bracelet With Diamonds In Platinum, Circa 1930


€ 10,690.00 *
Content 1 piece
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Description
Platinum bracelets set with brilliant white diamonds were the great passion of the ladies' world in the 1920s and 1930s. Every lady who was self-respecting and could afford it wore such treasures - often not just individually, but several of them, combined into a radiant arrangement of pure luxury on the wrist. This is how we know the Hollywood stars in old black-and-white photographs, which shape our idea of the self-determined woman of those years to this day. The bracelet here is made entirely of platinum and features 80 sparkling diamonds in historic cuts in its geometric design. The excellent stones, with a total weight of 3.93 carats, occupy the links that are movably connected to each other. Starting from a classic rivière, the bracelet widens in the center to form a wider showpiece. Here, three beautiful old European cuts form the highlight of the timeless creation. Delicate shadow gaps, tiny milgains that effectively break up the fine ridges of the platinum into thousands of tiny reflective surfaces, and the precision with which the sides are engraved with small laurel leaves show the mastery of the executing goldsmith. The gemstones are set in solid platinum, at that time the highest luxury among precious metals. After the October Revolution in Russia in 1917, Russian platinum deposits had disappeared, and in tandem with the hardships of World War I, the price of platinum briefly rose to five times the price of gold. For this reason, it was a sensation in jewellery circles worldwide when further platinum deposits were discovered in the Transvaal in South Africa in 1924: Although platinum was still significantly more expensive than gold, solid pieces made of the white precious metal were now within the realm of possibility. The bracelet found its way to us in Hamburg and is perfectly preserved. We have had an independent appraisal done on the materials, which attests to their quality and comes with the bracelet.
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With the invention of gaslight and then electric light at the end of the 19th century, glistening brightness suddenly filled the ballrooms of Europe. No more dark, yellow candlelight, but the white glow of hundreds of lamps made the ladies' jewellery shine and glitter as never before. Not surprisingly, a new fashion also emerged as a result of these developments: white jewels made of diamonds and silver responded to the new lighting conditions and replaced the previous more colorful designs. In general, jewellery was increasingly richly set with sparkling gems to create an ever more luxurious and rich appearance. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. The name of the era, the Belle Époque, still indicates the goal of this period: To shine in beauty. But even in the following decades, the fashion for white jewellery remained current, right up to the Art Deco of the 1920s. Only the materials of the settings changed. The rapidly tarnishing silver was first replaced by platinum settings and later by jewellery made entirely of platinum or the white gold developed shortly before the World War.
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Festival of Light
€ 10,690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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