Two Very Different Bracelets From Very Different Decades

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Two very different bracelets on this post today – just because!

Or perhaps there’s more to it than that. Looking at them again, I see that as well as being attracted to each of them individually, I’m intrigued by their differences, and it’s always fun to compare and contrast and look for variations in approach and execution – a little like that game/activity that gets kids in every time – ‘spot the difference’ in two seemingly interchangeable images.

Just to be completely obvious – the Drayson is classically geometric in its 1930s Art Deco style and design. It’s really quite stern. Not a description you would attach to the Cohen! It is infinitely more lyrical and fanciful, and harks back to the flowing lines and freedom of Art Nouveau.  It’s almost dancing, perhaps celebrating the freedom from war, of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Fanciful notions? Perhaps so, but good jewelry is like other forms of art, and can encourage us to let our imaginations fly.

Art Deco Ruby and Diamond Bracelet by Drayson

Offered for sale by A La Vieille Russie is this classic Art Deco bracelet with calibre rubies and round, baguette and French-cut diamonds, set in platinum by Drayson, London, late 1930s. Established on London’s fashionable Bond street in 1936, Drayson became renowned for innovative, elegant designs. $85,000


Different Bracelets

Fancy-colored Diamond Bracelet by Julius Cohen

Offered for sale by A La Vieille Russie is a curvaceous but demure floral bracelet with fancy-colored diamonds set in gold in stylised fleur-de-lys shapes. By Julius Cohen, American, ca. 1950, the bracelets has approximately 21 carats of diamonds and is 7 1/4 inches long.

Different Bracelets

Jewelry information and images on this page courtesy of A La Vieille Russie

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