Art Deco Platinum, Diamond, Coral and Onyx Bracelet by Cartier
A delicate Art Deco platinum, coral, onyx & diamond bracelet by Cartier, French, designed as a row of curbed oblong panels pave-set with 8/8 -cut diamonds, decorated at the centre with coral tubular motifs connected by diamond & onyx hoop links, the clasp signed Cartier & individually numbered 4368, with safety chain. Circa 1925.
Inspiration for jewellery of the Art Deco period was drawn both from the urban cityscape and the ‘ocean liner’ aesthetic favoured by architects such as Le Corbusier. The sleek sides of the ocean liner’s black hull was mimicked in the prominent use of onyx in Art Deco designs.
European jewellers including Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels also looked beyond Europe for inspiration. Asia was a source of decorative motifs. Floral designs from Persian carpets or Japanese calligraphy were copied and set with colourful gemstones.
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