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Playful Aquamarine Bracelet with Diamonds in Gold & Silver, 1930s

The Rococo, the courtly world of elegance and luxury, did not only radiate from France into the world at the end of the 18th century. Even after the end of the Ancien Régime by the French Revolution, this art of playful lightness and refined taste experienced new fashions again and again. From the middle of the 19th century, for example, Sisi's and Franz Joseph's rooms in the Hofburg in Vienna were decorated in the Rococo style, and an apartment was also built for the same empress in Venice: the K-u-K-Kingdom could thus see itself as the new empire of a Sun King. In the 1920s, the world experienced yet another rococo craze. While at the same time Art Deco began to celebrate its successes, room furnishings in the Rococo style were again created in the USA as well as in Europe parallel to the modern, cool geometric designs. Especially for a lady's bedroom, for garden pavilions and elegant ballrooms, this formal language lent itself so well that it found numerous uses. As a dreamland of beauty and gallant amusement, the years of the late 18th century thus remained long in the collective memory. Cole Porter still transported the protagonist of his musical "Du Barry was a Lady", which premiered in New York in the late 1930s, to the court of Louis XV: love affairs, precious jewellery, high wigs and lilting music combined here to create a whirlwind of entertainment that was as amusing as it was elegant. The present bracelet was born of this fashion and speaks this sensual language of the Rococo. Three aquamarines, one emerald-cut, two oval faceted, are set in warmly glowing yellow gold. Diamonds in silver settings provide additional points of light in a design composed of leaves rocailles and elegant arches, creating a luminous, glittering mesh. At the same time, the bracelet's basic form is entirely in keeping with 20th century modern tastes. If we imagine the work in white gold or platinum and with a little more graphic decoration, the shape of the link bracelet, which widens towards the centre, could not be more typical of Art Deco. However, the change in colour and the richer individual shapes create a very different impression. It is a bracelet that wants to enchant and take us away from the present into a romantic, fairytale-like counterworld. And let's be honest: who wouldn't want to dream this dream once in a while?

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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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