An Antique 18 karat gold bracelet with turquoise and diamonds. The bracelet has 24 Old Mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.50 carats, 50 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .70 carat, and 15 turquoise cabochons. The ''offered'' linking bracelet is detachable and the center panel becomes a pendant. Pictured in Understanding Jewellery, by David Bennett & Daniela Mascetti, Antique Collectors'' Club, 1989, page 185, Plate 247.
An English Victorian 18 karat gold bangle bracelet with amethyst, diamonds and pearls. The hinged bangle bracelet centers on a cabochon amethyst with a ribbon of 9 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .26 carat. The center cluster is framed by 26 seed pearls. With antique fitted box.
Dimensions: Interior circumference: 6-1/2"; the graduated cuff measures 1-1/4" to 1/4" width.
A Victorian 14 karat gold bangle bracelet with diamonds and rubies. The light gold bangle features alternating diamonds and rubies, framed by intricate scroll work settings that can be seen from either side of the gems. The bangle bracelet has 8 old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.35 carats, 9 oval-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 1.05 carats. Marked 585 on tongue.
A Victorian 15 karat gold bracelet with turquoise and diamonds. This is a large bangle, to be worn either on the wrist or as an arm band, It has the form of a serpent dynamically wrapped upon itself and seemingly caught in motion, covered in tightly-set cabochons of turquoise and replete with striated gold on the reverse side to complete the appearance of a snake. The head of the reptile features a large tear drop-shaped cabochon of turquoise framed by twelve old mine-cut diamonds that have approximate total weight of 1.14 carats, and has a lovely pair of diamond eyes. Turquoise was mistakenly named as such during the Victorian times because it was believed by most Western Europeans that the blue stone came from Turkey, when in fact it merely passed through Turkey on its way westward from Iran. Because of its color, turquoise was associated by Britons in the Victorian Age with the Forget Me Not flower, which, in the very sophisticated and well known "language of flowers," was a symbol of undying love. The snake, when depicted in a continuous loop, was also understood during this period as a potent emblem for eternal affection, largely due to the fact that Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with a snake band with a gemstone head as a wedding ring.
An English Victorian 18 karat gold hinged snake bangle with diamond, sapphire and ruby. The head is a cabochon blue sapphire that has the approximate weight of .15 carat surrounded by .12 carat of rose-cut diamonds with 2 cabochon ruby eyes that have the approximate total weight of .04 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 to the Victorians. This bracelet, which could alternatively be worn as an arm band, depending on the preference and comfort of the wearer, is a particularly charming example of Victorian snake jewelry. Unusually, the serpent''s tail fully encircles the bangle several times as the two ends of the bangle meet, adding fantastically to its visual width. The diamond-haloed sapphire crowning the piece adds a beautiful bit of color and brilliance, as do the ruby eyes.
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.
An American Art Deco platinum and white gold watch with diamonds and seed pearls by Dreicer & Co. The rectangular-faced watch has 68 single-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .76 carats surrounding the platinum case and accenting the bracelet strap of seed pearls measuring approximately 2 to 3 mm. Exhibited in "Roaring into the Future: New York 1915-35," at The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, June 17-October 9, 2017.
An American Mid-20th Century platinum, gold and diamond bracelet by Ruser. The Modernist motif bracelet has 20 unique diamond pave links that are individually hinged and further decorated with gold beading. There are 300 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 16.00 carats. William Ruser was a much sought-after Beverly Hills jeweler to the Hollywood community. His pieces were worn by numerous film stars on- and off-screen, from the 1940''s through the 1960''s. The distinctive Ruser style involved skillfully-sculpted children and pearl-winged angels, often seated on clouds of freshwater pearls and crowned with halos of tiny seed pearls, as well as less whimsical jewelry. He closed the doors to his shop in 1969, whereupon the property was bought by Van Cleef and Arpels, which remains in the same location on Rodeo Drive today.
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