French Diamond and Enamel “Jarretière” Bangle Bracelet
Created in the mid to late 19th century, this 18K gold and enamel bangle bracelet is set with approximately 6.35 carats of diamonds. Centering a shaped plaque, referencing a stylized buckle outlined in old mine-cut diamonds, the bangle is composed of articulated segments enhanced by rose-cut diamond bars, with alternating black and white champlevé enamel contour lines throughout. With its sparkling diamonds and vibrantly patterned enamel, this bold and voluminous bracelet combines period workmanship and sleek glamor.
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- Curator's Notes
Item #: BA-20192
Size: 6.50” interior circumference; x 1.50” width
Materials: 156 old mine and rose -cut diamonds (approximate total weight 6.35 carats); Black and white champlevé enamel; 18K gold
Signed: With French assay marks
The “jarretière” refers to the garter, an accessory used to fasten stockings on the thigh, and, in French folk tradition, incorporated into wedding ceremonies during the Middle Ages. Often buckled or beribboned, the jarretière form has been revisited by jewelers throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This jeweler, likely inspired by the flowing lines of the new machinery and transportation in the surrounding world, has used this popular form as an early exploration of line and volume, providing a glimpse into future abstract artists’ concerns.