74, Boulevard Beaumarchais
Elegant sapphire & diamond Art Deco bracelet, Paris circa 1925
In the lively and flamboyant Art Déco era, one piece of jewellery was especially beloved: the bracelet. Made of platinum or white gold and lavishly set with diamonds and select coloured gemstones, bracelets were worn by movie starlets as well as by socialites. Often, more than one such bracelet would grace a fashionable lady's wrist. The bracelet at hand dates to exactly this point in time. Thanks to its hallmarks, we know it was created in the workshop of Parisian goldsmith Joël Goldinberg, who opened his store in 1919 on the splendid Boulevard Beaumarchais. The piece is made of massive platinum and presents a large, natural blue sapphire of approx. 4.1 ct in its centre. Pierced geometrical elements make up the diamond-set body. Overall 175 fine diamonds of approx. 4.26 ct make for a spectacularly glimmering jewel which embodies the aesthetic of Art Déco perfectly. A luxurious jewel dating to the first years of the Art Déco period, once purchased on one of the most elegant boulevards of Paris. It is in excellent condition and as wearable now as it was almost a century ago.
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.