Belle Époque Coin Silver and Paste "Diamond" Rose Vine Bracelet
The Belle Époque encompassed three jewelry design periods: Art Nouveau, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Edwardian. The “Beautiful Era” was a time of increasing wealth and flourishing arts. When cinema boomed, movie stars, instead of European royalty, became trendsetters. As a result, Hollywood (and America) emerged as the ones to watch.
In 1724, French jewel designer Georges Frédéric Strass came up with “paste,” a kind of leaded glass that he cut and polished with metal powder until it appeared to shimmer like a diamond in the light. These white “diamante” or “strass” were a hit with glamorous Parisian high society.
This special bracelet features a "diamond" rose vine throughout its detailed body. The beauty of roses expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings, and is contrasted by thorns that symbolize defense, loss, and thoughtlessness. A reminder that love has the power to be beautiful and painful at any second, this bracelet makes a perfect gift to a loved one or yourself, any look, and any collection!
Materials and Features: coin silver, 'diamond' paste
Age/Origin: Belle Époque era, c. 1900
Measurements: 6.75", 9.2 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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