The most beautiful green

Glamorous Art Deco bracelet with emerald & diamonds, around 1930

"We already look with pleasure at the green of herbs and leaves. But we still prefer to look at emeralds, for their green is the most beautiful of all. Moreover, they are the only gems which fill the eyes without saturating them; indeed, when the eyes are weakened by exertions of other kinds, they are strengthened again by gazing upon emeralds [...] for their gentle green dispels the languor of them." (Nat. Hist. 37.16) The beauty and effect of gemstones already preoccupied the people of antiquity. The quotation reproduced here is from Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar from Como. In the year 77 A.D. he compiled the knowledge about nature of that time in a work, the Naturalis Historia or Natural History. The gemstone whose color he describes so exuberantly here was also chosen as the centerpiece of an elegant bracelet. The natural, intensely green gemstone is shaped in an oval staircase cut and weighs about 0.95 ct. Set amidst an arrangement of geometric links, the emerald is set all over with old- and 8/8-cut diamonds. A total of 56 diamonds totaling approximately 2.80 ct have been worked to give the centerpiece its seamless sparkling appearance. The links, which are actually made of white gold, are additionally plated with platinum to make them shine particularly white. A flexible bracelet made of white gold connects to the side and nestles softly around the wrist. The bracelet was created around 1930, during the heyday of Art Deco. In addition to the design, the diamond cuts and the use of platinum on white gold also suggest this. Even today, its non-objective yet luxurious design makes it look modern. We have had an independent expert report prepared for the bracelet, which confirms the quality of the materials used.

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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.