Aquamarine o'clock

Splendid retro style bracelet with large aquamarine, circa 1940 & later

In the course of the 1930s, Art Deco evolved from the frosty filigree look of the first designs made of diamonds and platinum to much more sculptural forms executed in radiant yellow and red gold. This so-called "Retro Jewellery" on the American model was also taken up in France and, with some delay, in Germany and flourished until the early fifties. The present hand-forged bracelet also originates from this style, which appreciated powerful elements and large coloured gemstones. Since it came to us without a centerpiece and aquamarine was a true fashionable stone around 1940, we found in this bracelet the perfect match for a vintage aquamarine from our inventory: a stone in scissor cut, of stunning blue color and weighing 62.5 carats. In our goldsmith's workshop, the magnificent gemstone has been set in a circumferential, closed gold frame. To the right and left, it is now accompanied by a total of six white sparkling diamonds of the bracelet, which lead over to the crescent moon-shaped segments of gold. The best materials, the solid workmanship and its convincing design vocabulary make the bracelet a real gem that immediately inspires.

The 1930s brought a new style to the world of jewellery in the form of Art Deco: geometric abstractions, fine materials and luxurious fittings were sought after and supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their colleagues in Berlin and overseas. The longer and wider the style spread in the process, the more developed the forms became. In Paris and the USA, for example, a special form of late Art Deco emerged in the years after 1930, which in the USA is called "retro" jewellery: The forms became stronger, more corporeal, the volumes larger and the jewellery once again more sumptuous. The fashion of the time preferred jewels made of yellow or red gold to those made of platinum or white gold, and the surfaces were fanned out geometrically and the jewels almost cubistic.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.