Precious bracelet with sapphires & diamonds in platinum, around 1930
A never again reached the peak of its popularity bracelet in the Art Deco period. Not just one, often two, three or even more precious bracelets adorned the wrists of ladies. Film stars such as Norma Shearer, Anita Page or the Metropolis star Brigitte Helm (see last illustration) had themselves photographed with the coveted accessories: Head resting in hand, the elegant bracelets in a prominent position. These photographs were mostly commissioned by major film studios such as UFA or MGM, with whom the actresses were under contract: They were widely published, reinforced their glamorous image and, not least, set trends. The bracelet here was created in the course of this fashion and would have been worthy of the appearance on the red carpet even then. A total of twelve large old-cut diamonds and eight untreated blue sapphires set this piece of jewelry. The stones are set in solid platinum, which is worked into openwork shapes and textured all over with mille handles in geometric patterns. The use of solid platinum also heralds luxury and modern taste: it was the most expensive precious metal at the time, and it wasn't until the discovery of large deposits in Transvaal, South Africa in 1924 that the price of platinum approached the price of gold by the 1930s. But the piece of jewelry also tells of an older time, already long gone by then. Most likely, the four largest diamonds came from an heirloom: this is revealed by their cut, which was probably made in the 19th century. The individual cut of the sapphires also suggests that they were not cut specifically for the bracelet. In the past, it was not uncommon to cut gemstones from pieces that had become unfashionable in order to turn them into new jewels. Especially in Art Deco jewelry, we often see older stones. For one thing, this style was so fundamentally different and impossible to combine with older pieces. At the same time, the economic possibilities of the era were often limited. So if you reframed the old stones, you combined modern taste with the sentimentality of heirloom pieces. We have had an external gemmological report prepared, which testifies to the material quality of the bracelet. However, its historical value, exciting background story and fine workmanship also make the bracelet a real gem.
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