We have similar Chinese and Art Deco items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Cait P. Markings: Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed. Gram Weight: 22.9 grams.Metal Type: Bronze with a yellow gold wash. Color: light green hue with a mottling of lighter green and white shades. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Total length, when clasped: 3.9.
Buckle lengths when separated: 2.25", 2.05". Collectible Type: Nurse's Buckle. Men's or Women's: Unisex. Handmade during the Art Deco era in China. Chinese export jewelry was very fashionable and highly sought after during this time period.
Composed of bronze with a yellow gold wash, also known as gilt bronze. The nurse's buckle consists of two buckles that traditionally would have been worn on a cape to hold the two ends together in the front.The clips feature carved intaglio amethyst stones, as well as a floral jadeite jade stone. The body of the buckle features hand bent and twisted filigree patterns. When worn, a hook on one buckle is slotted through a bale on the other to keep them secure.
There is some wear to the yellow gold, revealing the bronze beneath it; however, this is not immediately noticeable and does not affect wear. The intaglio designs on the stones are somewhat worn but this does not affect wear.
The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only.
The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specifically cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand.Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s. During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world. The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe.
This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. Nurses Buckles were used for both a buckle on the waist and more commonly used to hold in place the two ends of the traditional Nurse's cape that was worn during the Art Nouveau era. The two halves would clip together in the center bringing together the ornate scene of the buckles. It was in Chinawhere the gem-carving tradition was already thousands of years oldthat jadeite reached its peak as an important artistic medium.
The first jadeite reached China in the late 1700s, and late eighteenth and early nineteenth century carvers created masterpieces that are still unsurpassed in concept, design, and technical execution. Jadeite is prized for its hardness and density and occurs in green, white, orange, yellow, lavender, red, gray, and black hues. The highest grade of jadeite is translucent and has an even color distribution. Amethysts are a semi-precious variety of quartz that are valued for their varying shades of translucent purple hues.
The purple color is derived from iron and other trace element deposits. Throughout antiquity, amethysts were used in religious and royal jewelry, and were considered as valuable as rubies, emeralds, and even sapphires.
The item "Antique Vintage Art Deco 14k Gilt Bronze Chinese Jadeite Jade Nurse Buckle 22.9g" is in sale since Sunday, September 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Belt Buckles". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.