Times of upheaval

Splendid diamond bracelet in platinum from Clermont-Ferrand, 1930s

The years between the world wars were a time of upheaval. Economic boom and economic crisis alternated, strikes and disputes threatened peace, while at the same time new inventions such as the Zeppelin and film made people dream of a new life in beauty and peace. Not only in Germany. In France, too, the opposites rubbed shoulders and here, at the same time, a completely new, modern language of form emerged: Art Déco. This bracelet shows the preferences of this fashion in wonderful perfection. It is made of platinum and contains more than four carats of diamonds. The stones form a large flower in the center of the design. More stones join to the right and left, forming a sparkling row. Finally, the band tapers and is held under the arm by an elegant, delicate stone bracelet. When worn, only the sparkling part with the diamonds is visible. The diamonds are richly set. However, the different cuts of the stones reveal that some stones from older pieces of jewellery have probably been reused here. And that the green stones are not emeralds at all, but green glass, proves perfectly: The piece of jewelry was created in a time of upheaval, of uncertainty, and was apparently only made possible with some artifice. Perhaps it was a wedding present, which was to be furnished in a precious way, but whose donors could rather provide the material than make additional new purchases? Perhaps, due to the economic difficulties, there were simply no emeralds available? The band was made in the heart of France, in Clermont-Ferrant. The platinum mark on the latch of the clasp bears the symbol of the city's inspectorate. It was introduced in this form in 1926. An independent appraisal has determined the quality of the materials and comes with the bracelet.

Jewellery in elegant, cool and noble white - that has been the dream of jewellery designers since the late 19th century. But the technical possibilities put a stop to this dream for some time. Diamonds were available, but the tricky part was the question of the right metal. At first, only silver was available to create white jewelry from, but the metal tarnishes and can leave discolorations on skin and clothes. From the 1900s onwards, platinum was used more and more, but it was difficult to work with and much more expensive than gold, so that platinum was usually only used on the front of the pieces. It was not until 1912, when Pforzheim succeeded in producing white gold on a mass scale by cleverly alloying gold with other metals, that the way was clear for all-round white jewellery. However, it was to take until after the First World War for the new metal to really establish itself: with the fashion for Art Deco, however, there was no stopping it.

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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.

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