Retro glamour from Vienna

Extravagant Art Deco bracelet of onyx, yellow & white gold, Vienna circa 1935

In the 1930s, the Art Deco style developed in a striking way: the small-scale ornaments of the 1920s disappeared in favour of a design based on clear lines and larger volumes. The new, powerful forms of this "retro style" in the field of jewellery play with reflection, light and shadow, with concave and convex surfaces, with reflections and with curves as well as with sharp edges. The present bracelet speaks this powerful formal language in its decorative alternation of different link shapes and gold colors. Slightly curved elements of matt white gold are framed and linked by shiny polished yellow gold. Four bars of deep black onyx accentuate the design and lend it a high degree of elegance. The elegant and dynamic gold surfaces and the stones reflect the light in a variety of ways. In this way, they create a piece of jewellery of astonishing modernity, whose perfect design is underlined by first-class craftsmanship. According to its hallmark, the bracelet was made in Vienna in the goldsmith's shop of Hermann Weiss. This is proven by the hallmarking of the bracelet with the Rosskopf hallmark with the city letter "W" for Vienna, which was only introduced in 1925. Based on its design and workmanship, we date it to the years around 1935. The bracelet is a stylish statement piece that does not hold back in its luxurious features and is still an eye-catcher today. The design object is an eighty-year-old treasure of Art Deco and classical modernism.

The 1930s brought a new style to the world of jewellery in the form of Art Deco: geometric abstractions, fine materials and luxurious fittings were sought after and supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their colleagues in Berlin and overseas. The longer and wider the style spread in the process, the more developed the forms became. In Paris and the USA, for example, a special form of late Art Deco emerged in the years after 1930, which in the USA is called "retro" jewellery: The forms became stronger, more corporeal, the volumes larger and the jewellery once again more sumptuous. The fashion of the time preferred pieces of jewellery made of yellow gold to those made of platinum or white gold, the surfaces were fanned out geometrically and the jewels were almost cubistic.

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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.