Link Type: Fancy Four Seasons. This bracelet features a multitude of links which are raised in high relief against the backdrop portions of the links, with empty space between the two portion. Due to this, each link is slightly domed towards the center of the item, catching the eye and drawing it inwards. This gorgeous bracelet is what is referred to as a Four Seasons bracelet.
In Chinese culture, there are four flowers which represent the four seasons. The orchid flower represents spring, whereas the lotus flower represents summer.
The chrysanthemum flower represents fall, and the plum blossom represents winter. Each of these four flowers is represented on a link of this stunning New Old Stock bracelet. This lovely bracelet also features a link with the Goddess Mekkala upon it. The Goddess Mekkala is the Goddess of Lightning, and is a Hindu and Buddhist Goddess.
This bracelet also features the figure of the three headed elephant, which is also a Hindu and Buddhist God - the elephant represents Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Keeper, and Mahesh the Destroyer. The many motifs featured on each of the articulated links were detailed using the chasing technique, and every portion of the motifs are extremely lifelike.
This item is a New Old Stock item, and was bought in a collection along with a multitude of extremely similar or matching items. This item has a chain that features two charms, one of which is circular and the other is teardrop or heart-shaped in motif. This item is fairly tarnished or oxidized in areas, which is to be expected of an item this age.
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. Since antiquity, Chinese culture and art has depicted the changing seasons with flowers and plants. This motif is most well known as The Flowers of the Four Seasons, with each plant representing its own time of year. The orchid represents spring, the lotus represents summer, the chrysanthemum for autumn, and the plum blossom for winter. Three of these flowers, the plum blossom, the orchid and the chrysanthemum, along with bamboo, make up the Four Noble Ones, or the Four Gentlemen, which were plants significant to Confucian beliefs.These beautiful and idyllic images can be seen in art and jewelry as far back as the beginning of the Song Dynasty in 960 A. This piece depicts the dancing goddess Mekkala (or Mekhala), a well known figure in Thai culture. According to Hindu-Buddhist mythology, she is the goddess of lightning and the seas, and is often shown holding a lightning burst in her outstretched hand.
It is said that she was the guardian of the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, and would protect the virtuous from shipwreck. She is often paired with Ramasoon, the storm god. Ramasoon fell in love with the beautiful Mekkala, but she spurned and teased him. In a jealous rage, he threw his axe at her so he could injure and capture her, but Mekkala was able to defend herself with her magical crystal ball. As the axe struck the ball, it created a massive flash of light, blinding Ramasoon so Mekkala could escape, creating the first ever lightning.Defeated, Ramasoon created darkness and rain so he could retreat and recover. Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface.
This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channels. Chasing is thousands of years old and was a very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today. Articulated pieces of jewelry are usually composed of two or more pieces connected by a flexible joint, hinge, or pivot to allow for realistic movement.This technique is used to lend a lifelike quality to animal figures, or to allow jewelry to drape elegantly, like a snake chain. The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling 900 Silver Chinese Export Four Seasons Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, May 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Bracelets". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.