A French Retro 18-karat yellow and pink gold bracelet composed of 6 three-dimensional links in a "tank track" motif. Following World War II, jewelry makers in Europe and America made heavy geometric link bracelets popular. Their inspiration for these pieces were the wheel tracks from the tanks which were used so heavily during the war.
Signed: Unidentified Maker’s and French control marks
A French Retro 18 karat gold and platinum bracelet with emeralds and diamonds attributed to Rubel Frères. The bracelet has 64 square-cut emeralds with an approximate total weight of 8.30 carats, and 32 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 0.95 carat. The flexible bracelet is designed in a step motif.
A French Retro 18 karat gold bracelet. The 8 link bracelet is composed of geometric pink and yellow gold graphic dimensional sections. Following World War II, jewelry makers in Europe and America made heavy geometric link bracelets popular. Their inspiration for these pieces were the wheel tracks from the tanks which were used so heavily during the war.
A French Retro 18 karat polished gold bracelet. The bracelet is composed of 6 openwork links and 6 closed polished yellow gold links. Following World War II, jewelry makers in Europe and America made heavy geometric link bracelets popular. Their inspiration for these pieces were the wheel tracks from the tanks which were used so heavily during the war.
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 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.
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.
An Early-20th Century platinum necklace with diamonds. The necklace has 5 large Old European-cut diamonds ranging in size from smallest to largest at 0.82 carats 0.82 - 1.00 - 1.00 - 1.11 - 1.16 carats, 443 Old European-cut and round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 18.74 carats, 10 trapazoid-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.20 carats, 8 French-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.60 carats, and 10 baguette diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.40 carats. The necklace overall measures 16" in length, and may be converted to a choker necklace at 13.25", or or to two bracelets at 6.75" each.
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