Spring on the Danube

Art nouveau bracelet of gold & onyx, Budapest circa 1910

The term Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy refers to the Habsburg rule in Central and Southeastern Europe between the years 1867 and 1918. Emperor Franz Joseph I ruled over a multi-ethnic empire made up of a wide variety of nations with very different cultural influences. In this union of individual countries under the crown of Austria, jewellery was created that brought together the various influences of the multi-ethnic state. They led to a recognizable national style of the KuK monarchy, which even after the end of the state by the First World War still evokes memories of these splendid years. Such a piece is presented here. According to the gold stamping the bracelet was made in the Hungarian capital Pest (later Budapest). The work of hand-chased, engraved gold presents itself in impressively rich form: Four large, cushion-shaped links are set with hand-chased foliage. They are accompanied by four onyxes, also cut in a cushion shape. This creates an immensely elegant picture of contrasting black and shimmering gold. This wonderfully preserved bracelet transports us to the shores of the Danube and brings to life the splendid era of the KuK monarchy. Its hallmark shows that it was made between 1872 and 1922. We place it in the years around 1910.

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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.