Milanese modernism

Vintage bracelet by Pomellato with 3.76 ct flawless diamonds in gold, made 1987

When Pino Rabolini founded the brand Pomellato in Milano 1969, he wanted no less than to revolutionise the fine jewellery market: high quality pieces should no longer be only made on request, as one-of-a-kind pieces, but be as available as prêt-à-porter fashion. While this was already the case in the market for inexpensive jewellery, the manufacturing of more luxurious pieces still relied heavily on a customer’s order. Through Rabolini’s initiative, the market changed rapidly. All of a sudden, even large, generously gemstone-set pieces were as available as fashion accessories, and could be quickly purchased according to occasion and one’s mood. Jewellery grew closer to the ever-changing seasons of fashion than ever before, since the pieces were now practically made in editions. The bracelet at hand is a fine example of Pomellato’s fashion sense in the years around 1980. A true statement piece, it reflects the time’s taste for heavy yellow gold jewellery and dynamic shapes – the "power dressing" of jewellery. The wide bracelet shows seven jagged stripes of white gold on top of the yellow gold links, set with 49 internally flawless diamonds in a Top Wesselton colour. According to its first owner, the bracelet was purchased in 1987 at Margy Schuerholz on Königsallee in Düsseldorf for 33.900 D-Mark. Düsseldorf was then, as it is now, one of the German jet set's most coveted cities, and Königsallee the place to shop luxuriously. The date of purchase also fits perfectly with the bracelet's outspoken sense of style. It is somewhat reminiscent of the Memphis Group's bright and geometrical designs – perhaps unsurprisingly so, seeing as both the Memphis Group as well as Pomellato were based in Milan, the Italian capital of fashion and design. This vintage bracelet truly lives up to Pomellato's standards of quality and design. It is in great condition and a must have for any collection of fine vintage jewellery.

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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.