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Exquisite Garland Style Diamond Bracelet, Germany circa 1910

The laurel wreath is a symbol known since ancient times. Not only was it worn as a victor's wreath and is still commonly understood today, but its round, self-contained shape was also meant to symbolize perfection. When Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself with a golden laurel wreath in 1804, he presented himself as a successor to the great rulers of antiquity. In the years around 1900, the laurel motif increasingly found its way into the art of jewellery: the so-called Garland Style made garlands, leaf and wreath motifs the dominant themes. The style elements were not only decorative, they also showed that the wearer of such a piece favoured a calm, classical taste. It is no coincidence that the famous aristocratic jewels of the period were mostly Garland Style, rather than Art Nouveau, which was more commonly associated with the bohemian. The present bracelet is a picture-perfect example of Garland Style jewellery. Its centerpiece is formed by a diamond-set laurel wreath framing a large old-cut diamond of about 0.71 ct. This is held almost invisible by fine knife-edge bars and appears to float centrally. Four pearls additionally adorn the laurel wreath set with diamond roses, and two double-leaf motifs on the left and right lead over to the simple, clearly designed link bracelet. Typical of the period, the bracelet is crafted in platinum on gold, so that when worn only the white surface is visible. It has been wonderfully preserved and is still eminently wearable after more than a century. According to its stamp, it was made in Germany, but with its international style, it would have been welcome in the ballrooms of any western metropolis.

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