Wave play

Precious antique sapphire & diamond platinum bracelet, England circa 1910

The bracelet presented here makes the motif of the wave the theme of its design. Fourteen similar links each present a midnight blue natural sapphire in a frame of sparkling white diamonds. Each of these links is similar to the others - and yet none is the same. Because from the clasp to the center, the design of the bracelet swings outward, the links consequently first widening and then narrowing in a gentle sweep until the starting point of the movement is reached. As the entire ribbon swings outwards, so the ornamentation of the individual links changes. It seems to consist of two waves running the entire length of the bracelet, each of which swings in and out in opposite directions and crosses at the transitions between the links. In the middle between each of the two waves is one of the sapphires. And as the width of the bracelet changes, so do the proportions of the sparkling waves. The bracelet, made of platinum, 254 old-cut diamonds weighing a total of around 10.46 ct and fourteen natural sapphires weighing a total of around 7.25 ct, was created in the early years of the 20th century, at the height of the so-called Belle Époque. Bracelets were a big fashion at that time, every lady who could afford it wore such treasures - often not only individually but combined several of them to a luxurious arrangement on her wrist. So the bracelet was completely in line with the fashion of the time. And one might think that the goldsmith was also inspired by modernity in his choice of design. Waves were a major theme in the new natural sciences, electricity had entered the big cities, the telephone and telegraph were just crossing the Atlantic and soon the radio was preparing to conquer the world. Perhaps a little of these new and revolutionary discoveries resonates in the design of the bracelet. Or perhaps it is just the beauty of the lines that are gathered here in a sparkling triumph.

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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.