Game, Set And Match

Vintage Tennis Bracelet With 5.25 Ct Top Wesselton Diamonds In Platinum, Circa 1970


€ 13,980.00 *
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Unit price €13,980.00 / piece
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Description
Do you know why bracelets like this one are called "tennis bracelets"? It's thanks to an incident during a tennis match at the US Open. Here, Chris Evert lost her diamond-studded Rivière bracelet during a match, and the match was interrupted specifically to allow her to retrieve her beloved piece of jewellery. This was the birth of the tennis bracelet, which has gone down in jewellery history under this term since the tennis event in 1987. Of course, tennis bracelets existed even before this tennis match - they were especially popular at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time, however, they were still very appropriately called rivière bracelets. The French word "rivière" means "river" and describes the flowing appearance of this piece of jewellery. Because the individually set gemstones are held in place by movable elements made of precious metal, a tennis bracelet adapts very nicely to the shape of the wrist. The luxurious specimen presented here probably dates back to the 70s of the 20th century: a small hallmark reveals that it was imported to Vienna between 1965 and 2001, it was probably made in Germany. No less than 51 precious brilliant-cut diamonds of brilliant white color (Top Wesselton, G) are set in platinum and brought together to form an elegant design. Each of the bezel settings is thereby movably connected to the next, so that the bracelet is wonderfully soft and easy to wear on the wrist. The precious gemstone setting, with a total weight of about 5.25 carats, shines in a firework of flashing light reflections that are further enhanced by fine millegrains. The result is simple and luxurious understatement, timeless and therefore wearable every day. A wonderful, precious piece that enchants with the richness of its features and will be a wonderful eye-catcher on any wrist! To us came the elegant piece of jewellery from Vienna.
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The term "Top Wesselton" was introduced in reference to a diamond mine named Wesselton, in which a particularly large number of diamonds in fine white were found. The mine, in turn, was named after J. J. Wessels Senior, the owner of the Benaaudheidfonein Farm, where the Wesselton Mine originated in 1890 as a result of diamond discoveries. The mine, which was active until 2005, was located in South Africa, near the border between the Cape Colony and the Orange River Colony. In 1891, the mine was taken over by the De Beers diamond group. The diamonds from the Wesselton Mine are characterized by their exceptionally good quality and their freedom from inclusions to the greatest extent possible. Similar to the case of Top Wesselton, the other names such as River are derived from the places of origin of the diamonds so named. River-quality gemstones have been found primarily in alluvial deposits - that is, in rivers (source: Renesim).
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Game, Set And Match
€ 13,980.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €13,980.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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