Pick of the Week – Volume 57

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

Sometimes, the only thing a customer can complain about is the price.  This bracelet has been in our inventory for longer than I would like to admit… not weeks or even months.  Years!  It seems crazy, right? Even at a glance, it’s a showstopper.  The Edwardian era coincides with King Edward VII’s reign.  He was the oldest son of Victoria and Albert and took the throne upon his mother’s death in 1901.  He ruled until his death in 1910.  His reign was a time infused with the elegance and luxury that Edward had known all of his life.  Often described as a golden age, it seemed to be one long extravagant garden party.  

Nobility and members of the upper class embraced leisure sports such as croquet, tennis and lawn golf…  this created a real need for a change in fashion.  More flexible clothing was essential; it was vital for hats and parasols to be larger for protection from the sun.  A change in clothing is nearly always accompanied by a change in accessories like jewelry.  The ostentatious and oversized look of the Victorian years ended and the ethereal, delicate feel of the Edwardian era began.  Garlands, bows and ribbons decorated everything from necklaces and rings to earrings and bracelets.  This week’s piece is one of the finest that I have ever seen.  

Encircling the wrist are seven elongated links that form the outside borders of this bracelet.  Each one is made entirely of platinum; the top portion is coated with a layer of glossy black enamel.  A tongue-and-groove clasp is cleverly hidden inside one of these links allowing the bracelet to appear seamless when worn.  Juxtaposed with the stark black links are seven curvaceous bows.  Also made of platinum, each one is set sideways with the tails unfurling on either side.  One hundred and twelve Old European Cut diamonds cover every inch of the ribbons and offer 1.80 carats of shimmering sparkle.  Adding an additional 3.00 carats are seven Old Mine Cut diamonds; these sizable beauties are bezel set between the notched ends of the ties.  


Further softening the aesthetic appeal are tiny beaded edges called milgrain.  A classic element of Edwardian jewelry, these minute beads outline each bow from tip to tail and encircle every bezel.  The overall appearance is light, airy and absolutely gorgeous.  Purchased from a fellow dealer, this bracelet is one of the most beloved pieces of our antique and estate department.  It’s been on our website for $15,499.00 – not a crazy price for a mint condition antique bracelet with 4.80 carats of diamond weight, but not a bargain either. 

There isn’t one single thing to complain about here…  except for maybe the price.  Perhaps you’ve admired it from time to time, but haven’t been able to justify shelling out that kind of cash.  Or perhaps this is your very first time meeting this exquisite enchantress.  In either case, today’s your lucky day.  We’ve selected it as a Pick of the Week.  That means that we take an old favorite and offer it with new, updated pricing.  This one is absolutely unbelievable – our Edwardian bow bracelet is now available for just $7,750.00!  Do NOT sleep on this deal.  Hop on over to our site and make it yours.

“You can go to a museum and look, or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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