Scarce Riker Bros. Sapphire Bangle Bracelet
Pick up a copy of "The Glitter and the Gold" book by Deitz (curator at the Newark Museum), and you will induct yourself into the world of American jewelry. Riker is one at the forefront of the list of those artists and jewelers with their firm dating back to 1846. Bangles are at the top of the collectors want lists, and some women (actually many) wear stacks of them on both wrists, these days quite a treasure trove.
Scarce and very fine, this Art Nouveau high style characterizes this 14k yellow gold bangle decorated with a visually strong design. Sensuous whorl designs with beaded interiors flank five (5) round faceted natural blue sapphires of an estimated total of 1.50 carats interspersed between a distinctive reeded pattern of five raised bands. The striking ornamentation embellishes the entire exterior surface. This one is far from their flower motif bangles and in a class by itself for rarity and for sheer visual impact.
Date: Circa 1910.
Provenance Note: This Riker Brothers bangle bracelet was purchased from a dealer and avid collect of Riker jewelry pieces for more than 30 years. The connoisseur collector stated that this is only the second example ever seen of this specific bracelet. It is the first time for us at The Three Graces.
Measurements: This bracelet will fit most wrists from smaller at 6 inches or a bit less, to about 8 inches. Width is 5/16 of an inch (0.9 cm). Weight of 13.9 grams (8.9 dwt).
Hallmarks: 14k; Riker mark.
Condition: Excellent; one very small indentations to the interior near the hallmarks.
Note: Gemstone weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual if removed. All gemstones and diamonds are tested in our gemological laboratory. All metals are acid tested.
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