This piece is really something special. (Someday I’ll have to go back through all of my posts and find out how many times I’ve said that.)
You have to agree with me this time, though. This is an extraordinary bracelet. Look at the pattern, how it mimics a top and bottom layer of gemstones, with the top layer receding to show what’s beneath. It takes a great mind to come up with this and a master jeweler to create it. Incredible design, impeccably executed.
This bracelet, described by Christie’s as a “wave” bracelet, was created by Rubel Freres in 1925.
This Art Deco beauty has a wide articulated band designed as an old European and circular-cut diamond undulating upper panel, set with five pierced flowers. Each flower in this upper layer is bezel-set with a pear-shaped diamond pistil and calibré-cut black onyx stems and detail. The upper layer is further enhanced by buff-top emerald accents. Framing the upper layer is the lower layer, with calibré-cut emeralds, rubies and sapphires depicting a floral scene, mounted in platinum.
This bracelet was sold as part of Christie’s October 21, 2009 Rare Jewels sale. All images and info are thanks to Christie’s.
And the fun’s not over! Fabulous blogger Natalie of Jewels du Jour just featured a stunning photo of this bracelet on her blog, and I couldn’t resist editing this post to include it. I think you can see why:
Amazing, isn’t it? From this angle, you can really get a sense of the texture and dimensionality of the bracelet. Sigh. I love it even more than I did before.