A secret garden

Stunning bracelet with large emerald & old cut diamonds, ca. 1920

"We already look with pleasure at the green of herbs and leaves. But we still prefer to look at emeralds, for their green is the most beautiful of all. Moreover, they are the only gems that fill the eyes without saturating them; indeed, if the eyes are weakened by exertions of other kinds, they are strengthened again by looking at emeralds [...] for their gentle green dispels the dullness of them." (Nat. Hist. 37.16) The beauty and effect of gemstones already preoccupied the people of antiquity. The quotation reproduced here is from Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar from the city of Como. In the year 77 A.D. he compiled the knowledge about nature of that time in a work, the Naturalis Historia or Natural History. The comparison of the emerald with herbs, leaves and any vegetation runs through the entire history of jewellery: Even today, the characteristic inclusion of this gemstone is called "jardin", French for garden. The emerald that forms the centerpiece of this bracelet has a distinctive jardin, whose crystalline inclusions refract the light to reveal various shades of green. It is designed in a rectangular emerald cut with a large panel, through which one has an excellent view of this "garden" of the 3.80 ct gemstone, depending on the light. Accompanying the emerald are a total of thirty-six old-cut diamonds of luminous brilliance set in platinum. A sleek link bracelet in high-carat gold joins the piece. The elegant bracelet is in excellent condition and comes with an independent appraisal. Due to its small circumference, it is suitable for rather delicate wrists.

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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.