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Splendid Art Deco Diamond Bracelet With 7.82 ct Diamonds, circa 1940


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Splendid Art Deco Diamond Bracelet With 7.82 ct Diamonds, circa 1940
Splendid Art Deco Diamond Bracelet With 7.82 ct Diamonds, circa 1940
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Platinum bracelets set with brilliant white diamonds were the great fashion of the years between the wars. Every lady who could afford it wore such treasures on her wrist - often not only individually, but several of them, combined into a radiant arrangement of luxury. Thus we know the Hollywood stars of these years on old black-and-white photographs, which shape our idea of the Femme Fatale and the great screen divas to this day. The bracelet here would have done honor to one of those unattainable beauties of the silver screen. It glows in the cool brilliance of 139 diamonds of various cuts and of a combined weight of about 7.82 carats. A repeat pattern of fine ribbon shapes and smaller, more compact clasps as intermediate links make up the jewelry. Cleverly considered, the repeat is endless due to the visually disappearing clasp. The bracelet can therefore turn on the arm as desired and still always look magnificent. We date the piece of jewelry to the years around 1940, when Art Deco shapes became stronger and evolved from the overly filigree style of the 1920s. In addition, two circumstances support the dating of the bracelet to the years of the war: first, the work is not made of platinum, but of rhodium-plated silver. Secondly, some of the diamonds are probably from older pieces of jewelry and were set for this bracelet in secondary use. We see historic old cuts next to quite modern transitional cuts. Due to the war in Europe, the old trade routes were interrupted and the goldsmiths of those years had to work with the material that was available to them locally. Platinum, for example, was no longer available in sufficient quantities at the beginning of the world war, which is why the change of material to gold or silver was not only voluntary. Likewise, the trade routes for the delivery of precious gemstones were interrupted due to the war, which is why one had to rely on the use of already existing gemstones. This gives the jewelry of the 1940s a special unique character. Because making a virtue out of necessity - that's what the goldsmiths of those years were excellent at! The elegant design and rich features make the bracelet an almost ideal representative of the jewellery of its era. Especially the brilliance and modernity of the piece inspire - today as then.
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In the years just before 1890 there was a real revolution in the field of jewellery. The excess of historicism in form and color appeared to be out of date throughout Europe. Increasing mechanization, also in jewelry making, had repeated the same forms over and over again until they had finally become interchangeable and arbitrary. The jewelers feared for their existence: jewelry sales were declining rapidly, a new fashion was not in sight! At the beginning of the new decade, the crisis was overcome. White jewels were the solution, which quickly caught on. Instead of many poorly combinable pieces of jewelry, the ladies now concentrated on a few, but all the more high-quality objects. They were united by their common color: white diamonds and pearls shone in settings of silver, later platinum and white gold. The designs are filigree and completely restrained in their formal language. Leaves, tendrils, and light geometric shapes suddenly dominated the picture, which until just now had been populated by putti in large numbers. The bracelet presented here is an impressive example of this fashion, which remained current into the early years of Art Deco.
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Splendid Art Deco Diamond Bracelet With 7.82 ct Diamonds, circa 1940
Light in Dark Times
€ 11,890.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €11,890.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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