The Lightness of Being

Delicate bracelet with ruby & diamonds in gold & platinum, Sweden circa 1915

Lightness was the ideal of the early 20th century. Instead of solid, wide bangles, people wore fine bracelets made of small links, and instead of massive, solid surfaces of precious metal, they broke them up into airy openwork decorations. Colors also approached this ideal: White platinum and pastel-colored gemstones adorned the evening, while gold set with pearls was worn during the day. This bracelet comes from Sweden and illustrates how international these preferences were. It is made of delicate oval links, which look particularly filigree due to recesses. Centrally set as a showpiece is an element centered on a bright pink-red ruby in a millegriffes setting of gold. Surrounding the ruby are diamond-shaped old-cut diamonds in round and carré settings. The abstraction and geometry of the design already hint at later Art Deco designs. We discovered this fine piece of jewelry in Frankfurt am Main, but it was once made in Sweden, as its hallmarks show. It is impeccably preserved.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.