74, Boulevard Beaumarchais
Precious sapphire & diamond Art Deco bracelet, Paris circa 1925
At the beginning of the 20th century, one piece of jewellery in particular caused a sensation: the bracelet set with precious stones. It took the fashion world by storm. Links of fine platinum or white gold, set with beguilingly beautiful gemstones, adorned the wrists of every screen beauty in Hollywood's golden silent film era as well as all the graceful ladies of high society around the globe. This precious bracelet dates from this period and we can attribute it to the workshop of the Parisian goldsmith Joël Goldinberg, which opened in 1919 at No. 74 on the magnificent Boulevard Beaumarchais, directly north of the Place de la Bastille. Crafted entirely of precious platinum, it presents a magnificent dark blue natural sapphire at its center. The stone is embedded in expressively sawn elements, entirely in the spirit of Art Deco, whose surfaces boast an exquisite diamond setting. 175 fine diamonds weighing a total of over four carats are gathered on the platinum bracelet, creating a wonderful play of light reflections. In other respects, too, the jewellery presents itself as a typical representative of its era: we see the finest mille handles and saw work with shadow gaps that seem to bring the bracelet to expressive life. The design of the piece supports this play of light. In the era of silent movies and the accelerating world of the first automobiles, jagged, dynamic shapes enliven the showpieces, giving the bracelet even more esprit. A magnificent, impressive piece of jewellery from the first years of the 20th century, from one of the noblest Parisian boulevards; admirable in its fittings, shape and finish! An Art Deco dream for the wrist.
With the invention of gaslight and then electric light at the end of the 19th century, glistening brightness suddenly filled the ballrooms of Europe. No longer dark, yellow candlelight, but the white glow of hundreds of lamps made the ladies' jewellery shine and glitter as never before. No wonder that as a result of these developments, a new fashion also emerged: white jewels made of diamonds and silver responded to the new lighting conditions and replaced the previous more colourful designs. In general, jewellery was increasingly richly set with sparkling gems to create an ever more luxurious and rich appearance. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. The name of the era, the Belle Époque, still indicates the goal of the period: To shine in beauty. But the fashion for white jewellery also remained current in the following decades, right up to the Art Déco of the 1920s. Only the materials of the settings changed. The rapidly tarnishing silver was first replaced by platinum settings and later by jewellery made entirely of platinum or the white gold developed shortly before the world war.
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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.