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Paul Flato Bracelets

American, 1900-1999

Paul Flato’s flamboyant style was matched by his larger-than-life personality. He created daring and theatrical jewelry that challenged the conservative conventions of adornment. Works like his Bird of Paradise and Feather Quill brooches and his Seashell pocket watch exemplify his audacious style while reflecting his meticulous craftsmanship. His clients included celebrities such as French-American opera singer Lily Pons, American artist and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt and American actresses Joan Crawford and Mae West.

Flato was born in 1900 into a ranching family in Shiner, Texas. He later attended the University of Texas at Austin as a pre-med student, but soon shifted focus and enrolled at Columbia University in New York City to study economics. With the help of some well-connected friends — including one at Tiffany & Co. — he opened a jewelry store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. 

His business steadily grew, and he sold over $1 million worth of jewelry by the time he was 27. While he had a great mind for unique ideas, he enlisted the talents of more experienced jewelers for support in drafting the pieces. In 1938, Flato opened a second store in Hollywood, California. His pieces were large and eye-catching, making them perfect for the camera. 

In 1943, Flato’s jewelry career came to an abrupt halt with larceny charges for consigning a 17-carat diamond that went missing. When he was unable to pay the consignors, they pressed charges. Flato spent 18 months in Sing Sing prison. After his release, Flato he eased back into the trade by producing pens and compact cases for makeup. Poor financial decisions led again to his falling on the wrong side of the law and he fled to South America. He ended up serving four years in a Mexican prison before being sent back to the United States to serve a five-year sentence for grand larceny.

In 1970, Flato returned to Mexico and opened a boutique in Zona Rosa, Mexico City. He spent the last 20 years of his career there, fashioning bold and bright jewelry, inspired by the indigenous culture of the country. 

In 1990, Flato moved back to Texas where he died in 1999. His outlandishly imaginative pieces remain in demand with collectors today.

On 1stDibs, enjoy the wondrous imagination of Paul Flato through his brooches, watches, bracelets and more.

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Creator: Paul Flato
Rare Paul Flato Enamel Diamond Gold Dragon Wrap Bracelet
By Paul Flato
Located in New York, NY
Rare and unique Paul Flato 18k gold wrap bracelet, depicting a dragon, decorated with vibrant enamel and approx. 0.70ctw G/VS diamonds. Bracelet has a slightly flexible construction...
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Paul Flato Emerald Sapphire & Diamond Bracelet & Earrings Set
By Paul Flato
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Gold Ruby Diamond Flower Brooch Bangle
By Paul Flato
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20th Century American Retro Paul Flato Bracelets

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Paul Flato bracelets for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Paul Flato bracelets available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using yellow gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Paul Flato jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Paul Flato diamond bracelets, from our inventory of 1, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 1 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider bracelets by Jabel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Marcel Boucher. Prices for Paul Flato bracelets can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $9,349 and tops out at $9,349, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $9,349.

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