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Carved Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond Tutti Frutti Strap Bracelet


Created in the 1920s, this Art Deco “tutti frutti” strap bracelet is composed of sapphires, rubies, diamonds, and platinum. It is designed as a highly stylized diamond vine with carved ruby and sapphire leaves and cabochon ruby berries, completed by a buckle motif clasp accented by a line of buff-top sapphires. Among the most original and sought-after haute joaillerie styles to originate in 1920s Paris, this extravagant and colorful “tutti frutti” bracelet reflects the profound influence of Indian arts on the imagination of Art Deco jewelers.


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Item #: BA-20650
Circa: 1920s 
Size: 7.50” length, 0.60" width 
Materials: 17 leaf-carved sapphires (approximate total weight 10.40 carats); 28 cabochon and leaf-carved rubies (approximate total weight 9.85 carats); 4 buff-top sapphires (approximate total weight 1.00 carat); 193 old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 7.10 carats); Platinum

In this original tutti frutti bracelet, cool blue sapphire leaves are contrasted with glowing ruby berries and carved ruby leaves, all stemming from a highly abstracted branch motif delineated in crisp, sparkling old European-cut diamonds, and set in a minimum of finely worked platinum. The bracelet’s designer deliberately merged the long Indian tradition of gem-carving with abstract Islamic foliate ornamentation to create a jewel of dynamic East-West modernism.