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Extraordinary Art Deco bracelet with 11.35 ct diamonds in platinum, circa 1925

Platinum bracelets, lavishly set with white diamonds, were one of the most popular trends of the Art Déco era. Any lady who could afford such pieces would wear them, not only on their own, but often one on each wrist. When we think of the Femme Fatale archetype of these years, the Hollywood starlets on black and white photos, this is how we imagine them: adorned with glamorous, gleaming white jewellery. This bracelet dates to the years around 1925. It combines a wealth of precious materials with a graphic reduction of form and shape. The bracelet is made of platinum, then still the most valuable metal on Earth: hard to work with, it was only more popularly used in jewellery from the turn of the century onwards. However, due to its hardness, it allowed an entirely new fineness of shape whilst retaining stability. The meticulous detail of craftsmanship also shown in this piece is mainly due to the innovation made possible by platinum. The design of the bracelet is based on seven rectangular elements, in the centres of which we see two gleaming old European cut diamonds each. The rest of the bracelet, too, is set with diamonds all over the surface. All of them are individually cut by hand. Overall, the precious stones amount to more than eleven ct, their brilliance further highlighted by the use of bright platinum worked with milgrain decor. Despite this splendour of material, it is the use of the modern formal vocabulary of the Art Déco style which still manages to let the bracelet appear airy and light. The pure precision of craftsmanship tells us that it was a master goldsmith who was at work here. A fine example of Art Déco jewellery, luxuriously designed and in beautiful condition.

White jewels, i.e. jewellery in white colouring, celebrate light. The innovation of electric light turned night into day at the end of the 19th century. Consequently, jewellery could now shine in the evening as never before. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more splendid diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. Their forms were initially inspired by Napoleon's classicism. Delicate leaves and geometric patterns formed the basis. With the advent of modernism, the designs became more abstract and dynamic, and the formal world of Art Déco prevailed.

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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.