A French Antique 18-karat gold and enamel bracelet with turquoise. The bracelet is composed of 4 strands of woven gold rope with clover-shaped enamel and turquoise set slides. The enamel work is designed as Moorish arabesques set with cabochon turquoise. The hanging locket has a similar clover-shaped motif. This piece can be seen as an ancestor of Van Cleef & Arpels's iconic "Alhambra" jewelry.
|Signed: French Control Mark|
|Dimensions: 8-1/8" length x 3/4" widest|
|Item #: BA-16199|
|Price: $22,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Antique English 18 karat gold, diamond, natural pearl and enamel hinged bracelet by Hunt & Roskell of London. The bracelet features 84 old mine- and rose-cut diamonds that have the approximate total weight of 2.70 carats. The natural pearl center plaque of the bracelet is removable and can be worn as a brooch. The center pearl measures 8.55 mm. with 4 additional pearls that measure 5.9 mm. With original brooch attachments and original signed fitted box. Selected as jewelers and goldsmiths to Her Majesty in the 1840s, Hunt & Roskell of New Bond Street were prominent participants in the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851, the first of the competitive international expositions that provided dynamic impetus to creativity and accomplishment in the fine and decorative arts. Their work ran from glamorous (diamond and gem-set tiaras convertible into necklaces) to exotic (bracelets set with rare Indian portrait diamonds), and they were owners for a time of the legendary Hope blue diamond. In keeping with the firm's tradition of versatility, this chic bracelet, with its creamy natural pearls set off by sparkling antique-cut diamonds, conceals a brooch fitting under the velvet interior of its original morocco leather box.
|Artist: Hunt & Roskell|
|Dimensions: 6-1/4" internal circumference|
|Item #: BA-12977|
|Price: $24,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Mid-20th Century 18 karat polished gold and enamel link bracelet with chalcedony by Sasportas. The 6 bracelet links are set with 6 stylized carved chalcedony stones flanked by black enamel.
|Signed: "3720" "SAS" makers mark and French control marks|
|Dimensions: 7-1/4'' length x 7/8'' width.|
|Item #: BA-18710|
|Price: $14,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Belle Epoque 18 karat gold and platinum bracelet with diamonds designed by Lucien Gautrait for Leon Gariod. The bracelet has 5 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 0.90 carat set into 6 openwork wheat- and foliate-decorated plaque links. The 3 larger links are enameled and heavily decorated.
|Artist: Leon Gariod and Lucien Gautrait|
|Signed: With maker's mark for "Leon Gariod" & French assay mark.|
|Dimensions: 7-1/4'' length x 3/4'' width|
|Item #: BA-18790|
|Price: $20,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A Victorian 18 karat gold and blue enamel snake bracelet with diamonds and pearls. The old mine-cut diamonds have an approximate total weight of .40 carat. After Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake band with an emerald head as a wedding present in 1839, snakes, particularly in a fully realized or continuous band form, came to be a symbol for eternal love and devotion during Victorian times. This particularly beautiful bracelet is given added significance with the use of the specific deep, rich tone of blue chosen for the enamel. From antiquity through the high Renaissance, this color of pigmentation was extremely expensive, as it was made from the crushed hard stone lapis lazuli. It was reserved for depiction of the Virgin Mary, the most important female figure in the lexicon of Western symbology at this time. Therefore, this beautiful work can be seen as a symbol of chaste, immortal love. Besides its symbolic value, this bracelet is also beautifully executed, with exquisite diamond-inlaid gold detail accenting the joints that allow it to be comfortably worn, and a large half-pearl crowning the serpent's head.
|Dimensions: 6" internal circumference|
|Item #: BA-19378|
|Price: $12,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|