Glamorously belted

Retro Style Rose Gold Belt Bracelet with Rubies & Diamonds, 1940s

In the 1930s, tastes changed from the often ethereal, light, openwork jewelry forms of the 1920s to more expansive designs in yellow or red gold. No longer did the filigree, delicate sparkle of white diamonds correspond to fashion, but powerful, often sculptural designs were suddenly the "must have". This is also referred to as "Retro Style", a variation of Art Deco. The bracelet is a good example of this change. In the 1920s, the typical bracelet was made of platinum, richly set with diamonds in an uninterrupted course that discreetly hid the clasp. In the 1930s, on the other hand, this element, supposedly owed only to utility, became the focus of attention. Marlene Dietrich's Jarretière bracelet, for example, designed in the form of a single large clasp, is unforgettable! But the idea was not entirely new: even in Victorian times, bangles and rings in the shape of a belt were valued as a sign of solidarity. Now the motif was rediscovered in a new context. The Parisian jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels also played its part in this fashion. In the 1930s, it developed a motif that was to have a lasting influence on numerous goldsmiths: The Ludo bracelet, named after its inventor Louis "Ludovic" Arpels. In the English-speaking world it is also known as the "honeycomb bracelet", as the band of the piece of jewellery is composed of honeycomb-shaped hexagons. These honeycomb-shaped links were preferably combined with magnificent belt-look clasps. This bracelet is designed in exactly this way. Handcrafted in high karat rose gold, this piece of jewelry has textured honeycomb-like links and a belt buckle. The buckle is designed as a lace-like openwork element that sets small diamonds in platinum and glowing ruby carres in rose gold. To the left and right are additional bars set with rubies and diamonds. This combination of gemstones was a characteristic of the 1940s, especially in combination with red gold and platinum. Weighing in at almost 70 grams, the bracelet wraps heavily around the arm while falling pleasantly softly due to the flexible links. It is in excellent condition and a prime example of magnificent retro-style arm jewellery. On the Ludo bracelet, see David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, p. 383, p. 392f.

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