Moon River

Gorgeous Art Deco bracelet with moonstones & diamonds in platinum, France circa 1928

Moon river, wider than a mile I'm crossing you in style some day Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker Wherever you're goin', I'm goin' your way Two drifters, off to see the world There's such a lot of world to see We're after the same rainbow's end, waitin' 'round the bend My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me Bracelets such as the one at hand were a firm staple of late 1920s and early 1930s jewellery. Often worn stacked, several on each wrist, they were popularised by the film stars of the era, as the newly introduced sound film or "talkie" made cinema more important than ever before. This bracelet is an especially exquisite example and presents five moonstone cabochons within a bed of approx. 8.26 ct of glistening white diamonds. The moonstones show off a captivating sheen, a blueish-white shimmer that glides over their surface whenever the light changes or its wearer moves. This effect is called "adularescence" and pairs especially well with diamonds, as they add splendour and brilliance without distracting. The gemstones are set into massive platinum, then the most precious metal available to goldsmiths and much more expensive than gold. The platinum adds the white aesthetic so desired in the 1920s, yet also allows for extremely high precision from the goldsmith's side, due to its hardness. Fine millegrain settings add high- and lowlights, and even the sides of the bracelet are engraved with foliate scrolls. As its hallmarks tell us, the bracelet was made in Paris, then the centre of the Art Déco style. It is accompanied by the independent certificate of a renowned gemological institute.

Around 1930, Paris was the undisputed center of goldsmithing or haute joaillerie worldwide. The great exhibition "Exposition internationale des Arts Décoratifs et industriels modernes" in 1925 had already shown jewelry designs with which France became the initiator of a new form of design. Art Deco, named after the successful show, spread abruptly through the metropolises of the world. However, the famous Parisian jewellers such as Cartier, Boucheron, Chaumet and Van Cleef & Arpels, whose extravagant creations have remained the epitome of elegance and luxury to this day, were always the unrivalled role models.

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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.