We have similar Chinese and Art Deco items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A. Age Circa: Art Deco C. Markings: "Sterling" on the clasp, tested, and guaranteed.Gram Weight: 38.9 grams. Material: Enamel and Guilloche enamel. Diameter: 24.31 mm to 24.5 mm. Color: semi-translucent deep burgundy-red hue. 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.
Stone Cuts: Carved and polished cabochon. Link Type: Fancy geometric sterling silver links.
Handmade during the Art Deco era in China, a piece of Chinese export jewelry that was fashionable during this time period. Three of the links contain beautiful carved jadeite jade stones, which are deep burgundy in hue and semi-translucent; please reference the fourth photo provided above for a staged example of the stones' semi-translucency. The stones were expertly carved by Chinese stonecutters into disk-shaped cabochons with an open center. Three fancy chain links on the bracelet are adorned with red Guilloche enamel and black enamel, and this geometric design would have been popular to wear to Gatsby-style parties during this time. A spring ring clasp completes the bracelet for comfortable and secure wear.
There is a small scratch on one of the Guilloche enamel sections, which is hardly visible when worn and does not affect wear. 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 specially cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually 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. 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. Enameling originally dates all the way back to the ancient Persians of Meenakari. The technique involves bonding powdered glass to a base, usually gold, by firing (heating and melting the glass onto the metal). The glass hardens to form a layer of pigment over the metal. Enamel is made of colored powdered glass or may include clear powdered glass that is mixed with colorful metallic pigments.
It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Celts; and later the Chinese and Georgians. It resurged in popularity in the 20th century. It is primarily used on decorative art or jewelry, usually small in size. Besides jewelry, enamel can also be applied to glass, ceramic, stone, and various other materials. The Guilloche method of enameling starts with an etched metal base, usually a highly intricate and repeating geometrical pattern, that is then finished with a translucent to semi-translucent enamel to highlight the carved details underneath to show through and add a metallic luster to the piece.
Originally Guilloche bases were hand carved, but that changed during the 18th century with the invention of turn engine machinery that could carve metal patterns. In modern times, the definition of Guilloche became a blanket term for various methods of surface alteration; engraved, printed, or otherwise created. It also came to incorporate carvings which were not necessarily repetitive or geometric. A famous example of this style was explored by Peter Carl Faberge on his eggs during the 19th century.Cartier, Boucheron, and Tiffany all followed suit, creating stunning pieces which are still in high demand today. The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Chinese Jadeite Jade Enamel Bracelet 38.9g" is in sale since Sunday, September 6, 2020. 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.