A Mid-20th century platinum, diamond and ruby bracelet. The slightly graduated flexible bracelet has a central row of 44 marquise-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 13.40 carats, G/H color, VS clarity, accented by two outer rows of round-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 6.15 carats.
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.
An American Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold and platinum bracelet with rubies and diamonds by Tiffany & Co. The flexible bracelet has 32 rubies with an approximate total weight of 8.30 carats, and 286 diamonds with an approximate total weight of 12.70 carats. The rubies are thought to be of Burmese origin with no heat treatment.
An Italian Mid-20th Century 18 karat polished white and yellow gold bangle bracelet with sapphire, ruby and emerald by Bulgari. The open-back flexible bracelet has 1 cabochon sapphire with an approximate total weight of 2.83 carats, 1 cabochon ruby with an approximate total weight of 3.24 carats, and 1 cabochon emerald with an approximate total weight of 1.84 carats. All three stones are bezel-set in the flexible sectioned bangle. As Mascetti and Triossi note in Bulgari, "...cabochons successfully render the volume or "cupola" effect of the jewel, which is further enhanced by their setting. These are never spiky claws but rounded and smooth collets which enhance the overall rounded shapes of the design." Discussed in Bulgari, by Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, Abbeville Press Publishers, 1996, page 165-166.
A French Retro 18 karat pink gold- and platinum-covered watch with diamonds and rubies by Cartier Paris. The cover of the watch has 14 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .56 carat, and 3 calibre-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of .21 carat. The watch has a flexible box-link bracelet. The movement is by Jaeger Le Coultre. With signed Cartier box.
A two-tone bracelet in platinum and 18 karat yellow gold with charms by Cartier. The bracelet has five charms, a sapphire and diamond horseshoe, a diamond accented wrench, a pair of fully-articulated scissors, a house with emerald and sapphire accents and an affixed carved ruby tree, and a sapphire and emerald charm in a decorative motif. Collectively, the piece contains blue sapphires with an approximate total weight of .40 carat, emeralds with a total weight of .10 carat, a ruby with an approximate total weight of .6 carat and diamonds with a total weight of 0.75 carat.
A Victorian 14 karat gold bangle bracelet with diamonds and rubies. The delicate 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.
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 set of three French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold bracelets with round-cut sapphires, rubies and diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The bracelets are set with 13 round-cut blue sapphires with an approximate total weight of 1.50 carats, 14 round-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 2.10 carats, and 14 round brilliant-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.25 carats. The bracelets are able to connect together to be worn as a necklace. This trio of chunky, gem-set rope twist bracelets represents a classic form of the 1960s by Van Cleef & Arpels, the renowned Parisian-American jewelers who have been in the forefront of glamour and imaginative design since their founding in the early 20th century. A sleek, beautifully-modeled set, highlighted by bold sparkles of color, these three bracelets nestle comfortably together on the wrist for a look of casual glamour.
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