Tiffany & Co. French Aquamarine and Diamond Bracelet
Dating from the 1930s, this Tiffany & Co. aquamarine and diamond bracelet was made in France. It is designed as strap of flexible oval-cut aquamarines, approximate total weight 32.40 carats, centering a stepped platinum ribbon bow with pavé-set diamond band, and completed by a buckle clasp. Stylized and flowing, with sparkling diamond highlights, this bracelet sits balanced on the wrist, its cool blue and matte platinum streamlined form both playful and dynamic.
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- Curator's Notes
Item #: BA-20586
Artist: Tiffany & Co.
Dimensions: 6.5" length x 0.75" width
Materials: 32 round diamonds (with approximate total weight 1.25 carats); 54 oval aquamarines (with approximate total weight 32.40 carats); Platinum
Signed: Tiffany & Co from France. Importation mark
From the 1848, when Charles L. Tiffany went to Europe to purchase important diamonds from aristocracy feeling revolution, Tiffany has maintained ties with Paris and French design. His sophisticated, well-connected representative in Paris, Gideon Reed, patronized the great jewelers of the second half of the 19th century, providing important support for rising stars like Frédéric Boucheron and securing their world class work for Tiffany's clients in New York. Louis Tiffany often exhibited his art in Paris, alongside his father and solo. In the mid 20th century, Walter Hoving and Van Day Truex entrusted the firm's revival to American and European designers steeped in world art traditions. In hiring the creative genius Jean Schlumberger to lead the jewelry department, they secured Tiffany an important place in 20th century jewelry design. In this 1930s French jewel, by an as-yet unknown designer, the abstract bow motif and sleek lines impart a contemporary sense both of movement and playfulness. Work of this type, of flowing form, scale and abstraction was featured at the World's Fair in 1939.