midcentury glamour

Moonlight gold bracelet with detachable ruby brooch, London 1966

If we think of the jewellery of the 1950s, the elegantly fanned, asymmetrical elements that adorned the earlobes and décolletés of Hollywood stars with rich brilliant-cut diamonds come to mind. The 1960s, on the other hand, are characterized by textured gold and sometimes even wiry designs. Jewellery pieces like this one show us: these chapters of jewellery history are not strictly structured, are not subject to strict breaks, but rather to a constant, harmonious flow that likes to combine different stylistic features. The golden bracelet itself is also harmoniously flowing, its individual links being worked so that they can move in relation to each other, so that it nestles perfectly on the wrist. But this little miracle of precious engineering is followed by another: the showpiece of the bracelet, an elegantly fanned element made of differently structured gold wires set with rubies and diamonds, is removable and can be worn as a brooch. A sliding mechanism allows the double pin to be inserted into an eyelet beneath the front of the bracelet. However, nothing of this device is visible when the brooch is removed; then the wide gold bracelet and the brooch can be worn separately or as a set. Thus the first owner of the bracelet was equipped with two of the most fashionable pieces of jewellery of the decade. The stamps on the clasp reveal that the piece of jewellery was created in Great Britain: in 1966, it was presented to the London Assay Office. Since then, it has survived very well - a wonderful gem from the optimistic midcentury era that was sure to witness a cocktail hour or two. The brooch's double clip pin was once particularly intended for fur coats, stoles or large collars, but it will also hold securely on any jacket or coat.

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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.