Snow White and Rose Red

Luxurious Rivière Bracelet with Diamonds & Untreated Rubies, circa 1965

A little more poetic than the term tennis bracelet, but describing the same piece of jewellery, is the "Rivière" bracelet. The term derives from the French word for river and describes the flowing impression of the gleaming gemstones lined up close together, which almost seem to float on the skin in their restrained settings. This piece of jewellery shows itself to be a variation on this classic theme, presenting not one but two types of gemstone in a flowing series. The ruby and the diamond, two kings of the jewellery world, are shown here in two rows each. They are set by discreet platinum prongs, which hold them securely yet subtly. They each raise the stones above a small gallery so that they do not rest directly on the skin, but additional light reaches them and makes them sparkle. The clasp is worked in a concealed manner so that it does not interfere with the image when the jewel turns on the arm. Particular attention was paid to the choice of materials, which are of the very highest quality. 20 rubies in a bright rose-red colour have been set here. Their colour and transparency have been created completely naturally in the earth's interior. These rare and coveted gemstones are joined by diamonds of particularly beautiful quality, which shine in a fine white and are sometimes flawless and sometimes have only the tiniest inclusions that can only be seen under tenfold magnification. Perfectly preserved, the bracelet is a particularly luxurious example of jewellery from the 1960s, when cool brilliant cut diamonds were popularly combined with choice coloured stones. It comes with an independent gemmological certificate confirming the quality of the materials.

Jewellery of the 1960s is characterised by optimism and a belief in progress. After the organic forms of the fifties, a new desire for geometry returned in the age of the race to the moon. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings - the colour of the day was again white, like the stars, often combined with blue, like the night sky. Occasionally, other coloured stones in primary colours are found alongside sapphires, but it is the cool sparkle of diamonds, combined with white gold, that is the main attraction of the jewellery of this period. The settings of the designs leave behind the heavy lust for shiny yellow gold of late Art Deco and increasingly dissolve into a mesh of white gold rods. The filigree structures of space equipment, the antennas of Sputnik, but also the skeletal structures of the new skyscrapers may have been the inspiration here. It is not for nothing that a brooch with the name "Cosmos" wins the prize for the Jewel of the Year in 1967.

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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.