Decorative companion

Antique bangle with pearls & rubies in red gold, around 1895

The 19th century was characterized by numerous social agreements that often remained unspoken, but whose observance was nevertheless part of good manners. This also included the wearing of day and evening jewellery. It was unthinkable to wear splendid diamond jewellery during the day, except perhaps on special occasions or at court: diamonds in white precious metals such as silver and platinum were only to adorn festive dress, and were particularly appropriate for married women. During the day, no less beautiful jewellery was worn, but warmer gold tones, pearls instead of diamonds and small accents of coloured stones were used. The present bracelet is such a piece of jewellery. On any stroll along a magnificent boulevard, it would have adorned its wearer in a prestigious manner without ever offending social sensibilities. It is designed as a floral vine that wraps around the wrist and culminates in a dainty flower. The flower itself is formed from a pearl, while its leaves are set with pink-red rubies. More pearls occupy the majority of the display side. A small decorative chain prevents the hoop from getting lost should it accidentally open. With its delicate floral shapes and powdery triad of colours, the bangle is a typical piece of jewellery of the Belle Époque, from the period just before the popularity of gold hoops was overshadowed by that of the more mobile link bracelets. Today, the corset of rules of those years has been loosened - and the bangle can be a decorative companion for you on festive evenings as well as during the day.

Luxury, joie de vivre and the celebration of beauty were the ideals of the years around 1900: the Belle Époque revelled in wealth and glamour: the world's most beautiful dancers danced at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the society couples in love met on the Ringstrasse in Vienna, and the ladies' gowns and diamonds shone brightly at the balls in the elegant hotels on Unter den Linden in Berlin. Like every era, of course, these years had their own fashions and preferences. Shortly before 1900, it was the strong colours of high-carat gold and red gold that made hearts beat faster.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.