At the pinnacle, the jeweler’s art of the 1830s combines miniature paintings, three-color gold, gemstones and superlative artistry in a bracelet that is not-to-be-missed.
It remains, to this day, a feast for the eyes and testament to what is cherished in antique jewelry.
Surprisingly wearable in scale, the materials of gold, gems and enamel have been elevated to surpass the sum or their parts.
In 18k yellow gold with accents of rose and green gold, along with turquoise, emeralds, rubies, and amethysts enliven and create a tableau for the sensitive, hand-painted enamel plaques.
That is the first of its kind that we have had the pleasure to offer in our 19 year history!
Three central oval hand-painted enamels depict three women in regional costumes of the day in the Cantons of Switzerland, left to right, Shvitz (or Schwyz or Schweiz), Berne and Grisons.
Exceptional in their attention to detail, vivid coloration and lifeline renderings, the enamels rank as some of the finer examples of their type.
Set in bezels, they are surrounded by the most breathtaking cannetille, wire work and flowers that were modeled in green gold for the leaves, and rose gold for the blooms. Gems above, below and beside these include natural emeralds, rubies, amethyst, and turquoise.
Constructed in five parts, the top areas are hinged then transition to five rows of Georgian textured chain. Note that characteristic of the period, the bracelet is meant to be worn with the women facing out. Therefore the top chains are shorter than the bottom to drape appropriately on the wrist.
Decorated with more granulation, cannetille work and texture, the clasps were designed in three parts. The edges are adorned with hollow, graduated orbs of gold. Weighty and fine, the feel is indescribable.
On the reverse, the Canton's names are emblazoned in gold against white enamel. This comes in a vintage, re-fitted box, not original, that holds the bracelet snugly.
Note: A Canton is a state in the Swiss confederation. Swiss enamels often take the form of landscapes around the countryside, usually set into brooches or occasionally earrings. Many of these scenes are more common, often mountain sides or lakes, and most often set into simple gold frames. Rare indeed is it to find such a lavishly set trio in near mint condition.