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ART DECO (1920-1935) The period between World Wars witnessed new interest in modernizing jewelry. Whereas the Edwardians drew from the past for inspiration, the designers of the Art Deco period welcomed the clean lines of the machine age. This style originated in Paris, France. Art Deco pieces are characterized by geometric lines and angles, with very few curves. Forms inspired from nature or the abstract were in marked contrast to both Edwardian and Art Nouveau jewelry. This art movement eventually became bolder and evolved into Art Moderne. Motifs of the Art Deco period included the dress clip, with the double clip patented by Cartier in 1927, screwback and clip back earrings, circle pins, diamond and platinum link-style bracelets, sport jewelry, Egyptian jewelry (King Tut's tomb was discovered in 1922) and sautiers. Unlike the Edwardians, this period's artists were seeking chromatic contrasts; thus, materials included diamonds matched with primary color gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. Marcasite, glass beads, and even plastics appear in this period. Calibrated sapphires, both natural and synthetic, were introduced in 1920, which was towards the end of the Edwardian era, and the beginning of the Art Deco era. New diamond cuts were introduced to accentuate the geometric taste, including emerald cut, triangle cut, trapeze cut and marquis cut. Sapphire gemstones are extremely hard, ranking a 9.0 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, and only diamonds are harder. Laboratory-produced Sapphires were created in 1920. These Sapphires are genuine precious gemstones, having exactly the same properties as mined Sapphires, and as a result, they are extremely difficult to distinguish from mined stones. The use of synthetic Sapphires became extremely popular during the Art Deco period. They were routinely paired with the finest of diamonds and mounted in exquisite varieties of Platinum jewelry. Calibrated synthetic Sapphires such as these must be distinguished from mined stones via sophisticated testing by trained gemologists.
This solid PLATINUM bracelet measures 7" in length, and it is 10mm in width. The bracelet weighs 32.7 grams. It contains 11.25 carats of Sapphires and 1.84 carats of primarily VS clarity, antique single cut diamonds having top white F-G color. TOTAL precious gemstone weight in this Platinum bracelet is 13.09 carats.
Item # AS-031414-8 - SOLD