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.
Louis Tiffany played with the unusual light and color effects of black opals, green garnets, and sapphires to create an impressionistic artwork in this visually intriguing necklace. The opals, with their painterly brushstrokes, are set among cool sapphires and fiery green garnets, providing glowing pools of color. Multi-hued enamels, applied with an artistic hand, unify with the gems to enhance the delicate grapevine motif, one of the artist''s eternal favorites. The form of the ripe enamel grapes is echoed in the hand-crafted, ultralight gold beads and conforming clasp that complete the composition. A paired bracelet, highly unusual in Tiffany''s work, completes this extraordinary set. Sold exclusively as a matching set. CURATOR''S NOTES:For the role of head designer of his new Art Jewelry Department, established in secret in 1902, Louis Tiffany tapped Julia Munson, a trusted partner and expert in enamel work. Together, they created jewels in the same vibrantly colored palettes that were the hallmark of his celebrated glassware.
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