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Antique Art Deco "mesh" bracelet in multicoloured gold, circa 1920

The shapes of jewellery are closely linked to changes in fashion and taste. Sometimes, however, newly developed techniques are just as important in creating individual pieces of jewellery. The history of the diamond cut, for example, is based on technical developments - at the same time, diamond jewellery only became fashionable when the stone's sparkle could be elicited by clever new cuts. Platinum, for example, could not be processed satisfactorily for a long time. But once the mystery was solved, the possibilities of the metal were immediately exploited to create designs as fine as ever: Which then quickly became a great fashion. The bracelet here is made of fine knitted gold. The countless fine eyelets ensure a soft, flattering fall on the arm. At the same time, the design surprises with its subtle colourfulness: the gold is sometimes gold-coloured, sometimes rather reddish and then again rather greyish-white due to different alloys. This creates a striped pattern, as if on a fabric made of cloth. Not surprisingly, the bracelet carries with it the hint of its technical origin: There's a patent number on the clasp. The fineness of the pattern would have been almost impossible to achieve by hand: Apparently, a clever goldsmith had developed a knitting machine here in order to be able to produce this magnificent, striped gold fabric. The bracelet from Great Britain is knitted from 15-karat gold (equivalent to a fineness of 625/000). We come across this alloy in many pieces of Victorian and Edwardian jewellery, but it was only used until 1932; after which its use was discontinued. This helps to date the band: It was probably made shortly before, in the 1920s.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.

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