Smashing, pure aesthetic vision and painstaking craftsmanship result in a tour de force bracelet from the Art Deco era.
The 1920's was nothing if not visionary, bold and suffused with kinetic energy. Despite a short period in terms of years, the legacy it left behind remains iconic.
From the period’s dress, architecture and the arts, to its syncopated music that arose from upheaval and an expanded worldview, jewelry too fell in line. Fine examples still leap across the decades and continue to be some of the most coveted jewelry today.
In 14k yellow gold, sky blue and inky black enamel along with American turquoise, this bracelet raises the heat to a heart-thumping vivacity. Almost entirely hand crafted, weighty and luxurious in heft, it is likely one-of-a-kind.
Looking more closely, subtle visual decisions become evident within its bold and beautiful impact.
Running north and south, linear double arches of the ebon enamel punctuate each side of the gold links. Opposing them are open links oriented horizontally appearing almost black but are in fact pierced sections between the gold. Each of their edges holds mille grain detail.
At counterpoint, stylized organic petals in cerulean blue add their curvaceous imagery, yet their lines are different from those of the rest of the link’s semi-circular forms.
Two shades of blue hues work in harmony between the petals and the turquoise cabochons. The eye moves effortlessly from one to the other with neither dominating.
Within each turquoise, black and deep veining also aligns with the coal black enamel and open arches, forming a masterpiece of balance and dynamism. Using American turquoise was a stroke of design genius, elevating a native gem to a height it had rarely been before.