A French Art Deco platinum bracelet with diamonds by Okrant et Davidonniez. The flexible open work bracelet has 512 European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 38.00 carats, 2 larger diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.00 carats, and 2 smaller flanking diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carat, VS clarity, G/H/I color grade. With original box. The Okrant et Davidonniez workshop was located in Paris at 64 rue Lafayette. They produced jewelry for all the Place Vendôme fine jewelry houses, such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Mauboussin, and Boucheron. The firm closed in 1939. Exhibited at "Anything Goes: The Jazz Age" at the Nassau County Museum of Art, 24 March 2018 - 8 July 2018. Similar bracelets are pictured in Art Deco Jewelry, by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1984, page 84, 154.
An important French Retro, 18-karat rose gold bangle bracelet with diamonds, rubies, and rose quartz, by Verger Frères. The hinged bangle bracelet is designed with terminals of rose quartz sphere clusters, each set with circular-cut rubies, approximate total weight 1.65 carats, flanked by old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.30 carats, further highlighted by calibré-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 1 carat. The Verger workshop was a successful, behind-the-scenes force creating jewels for Boucheron, Cartier, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels. Unlike those of many manufacturing jewelers, who merely produced work to order, Verger''s own original designs were particularly valued and sought after by these great Parisian Maison. Verger are known for their magnificent clocks featuring strongly defined shapes, stylized lines and global inspiration. For the Haute Joaillerie he created elaborate fancies of form and color contrast, as we see here in this important rose gold bracelet.
A French Mid-20th Century platinum, sapphire and diamond bracelet by Boucheron. The bracelet is made of alternating rows of round- and oval-cut blue sapphires with an approximate total weight of 16.45 carats, and baguette-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 16.65 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. Sapphires are untreated and no evidence of enhancement. The origin is Thailand and Cambodia (Pailin). American Gemological certificate #1092977
A French Retro 18-karat gold bracelet with blue sapphires and diamonds by Boucheron. The flexible link bracelet has 72 cabochon blue sapphires with an approximate total weight of 2.20 carats, and old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.80 carats. The bracelet is composed of 4 dimensional half moons set with cabochon sapphires and diamonds from a double row of oval and rectangular "seed" links.
A chic statement of modernist abstraction, this highly flexible 18 karat gold necklace of stylized palmette leaves converts into two bracelets for versatile wear. Expressing the post-war Retro spirit with bold forms and freedom from ornament, this necklace/bracelet combination, with its soft-edged links, offers easy glamour and understated luxury. A version of this necklace is held in the collection of the Boucheron Archives in Paris. Boucheron Paris has been at the intersection of versatility and avant-garde design since "Monsieur Frédéric" founded the firm as a young man in 1858. With money borrowed from friends and family, Boucheron opened a small but opulent salon offering expensive modern jewels which appealed to the most daring buyers, including the tastemakers of the Russian aristocracy and the Parisian demi-monde. A friendly man, and a calm and graceful risk-taker himself, Boucheron was a creative force and benevolent presence in the Parisian jewelry world. While many houses were looking back to historical styles for inspiration, Boucheron re-introduced naturalism into jewelry arts with novel forms that were delightfully surprising in their asymmetry and unusual, exquisitely-handled materials. Suites of convertible jewels, popular among women clients buying for themselves such as the American expatriate Marie-Louise Mackay, were a specialty. Numerous innovations, am
ong them engraved diamonds, "scarf" necklaces of woven gold and platinum, and the re-discovery of the technique of plique-a-jour enamel (a patent he held but never enforced against others), gained the firm several prizes at the international expositions, as well as a devoted elite clientele and worldwide reputation.
A French Retro 18 karat yellow gold bracelet by Boucheron. The heavy bracelet is made of 10 polished yellow gold palmettes links.Pictured as a necklace in Boucheron La Capture de L''eclat, by Patrick Wald Lasowski, Anne-Marie Clais, Edition Cercle D''Art, 2005, page , Plate 159.
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