River of light
Vintage diamond bracelet with 5.36 ct diamonds in platinum, around 1960
The bracelet presented here corresponds to the type of the so-called Rivière, as it can be worn as a bracelet and necklace. The term is derived from the French word for river and describes the flowing impression of the closely arranged gemstones, which glide around the wrist like a glistening stream of light. Here, 51 diamonds were set in platinum for this purpose, in the years around 1960, as the cuts of the brilliant cut diamonds suggest. The diamonds are predominantly brilliant cut, but two diamonds in older cuts have also been found among them. It is possible that the diamonds for the bracelet were gathered from several pieces of jewellery from one family to form a new piece of jewellery in the taste of the time. The concealed clasp is set with three more brilliant cut diamonds, so that the lock disappears seamlessly into the round of diamonds sorted by size in the course. In total, diamonds with a carat weight of approximately 5.36 carats have come together. An independent appraisal has confirmed the quality of the stones, and it comes with the bracelet.
The diamond bracelet is a classic of jewellery design. In the early 20th century, these accessories, as elegant as they are casual, were so popular and sought after that the lady of the world wore several of them at once. Even in the 1930s, a jewellery catalogue could advise gentlemen looking for a gift: "It is often difficult for a gentleman to give a lady a present - let us only think of a ring! After all, one wants to surprise, so one can't ask about the size beforehand! Perhaps this is an important reason for the fact that especially such charming bracelets (...) are ordered especially much by gentlemen. Here, after all, there are no such difficulties, and the pleasure of a bracelet is certainly nothing less!"
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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.