Old Hollywood

Glamorous Art Deco bracelet with 11.18 ct diamonds in platinum, around 1930

The bracelet enjoyed a never again reached peak of its popularity during the Art Deco period. From a U.S. jewelry catalog of 1925, we can see: "There has never been a time when bracelets were as popular as they are today. It seems as if every girl and woman wears a bracelet, and many ladies of good taste wear two and even more in attractive combinations." Movie stars such as Norma Shearer, Anita Page, and Metropolis star Brigitte Helm had themselves photographed wearing the coveted accessories on behalf of film studios: Head resting in hand, the elegant bracelets in a prominent position. We have this fashion to thank for such unusually precious diamond bracelets as this one. A total of 232 diamonds totaling about 11.18 ct were set here. Their settings show the typical design language of the Art Deco. A single, large old-cut diamond occupies each oval link, which is interspersed with geometric sawn details. Curved intermediate links connect the elements. The diamonds are embedded in platinum, at the time the most sought-after and also most expensive precious metal for jewellery. The largest exporter of this picture-quality material was Russia at the end of the 19th century, when platinum first began to be used for jewelry production. However, a platinum shortage triggered by the Russian October Revolution in 1917 made solid platinum jewelry even rarer for a few years until new platinum discoveries were made in the South African Transvaal in 1924. Subsequently, particularly luxurious jewelry was made with preference from solid platinum; however, the precious metal remained more expensive than gold. We have had an independent appraisal made for the bracelet, which confirms the quality of the materials. However, not only material preciousness, but also its historical and aesthetic value make the piece of jewelry a true investment piece that can please future generations.

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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.

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