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Bracelet Chalcedony Multi-Strand Arts & Crafts Style

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This luminous blue and grayish-blue chalcedony bracelet was created in the Arts & Crafts style though it dates to a later era; probably the 1970s. This one-of-a-kind bracelet was completely handmade using natural highly translucent blue chalcedony gems. The central "flower" arrangement of one round 21mm chalcedony cabochon surrounded by eight oval and pear-shaped stones with two large 20mm x 17mm pear-shaped cabochons north and south are fused as one piece. On either side of this central design element are nine chalcedony cabochons, each bezel set and joined by hand-formed links. The links terminate on both ends at a row of 5 stones: two round, three oval. The bracelet closes securely with a box-clasp and though it has a safety latch, you'll never need it. It's a unique construction with several advantages: for one, because the central arrangement of stones is soldered one piece, the stones don't flop around on your wrist, with some right side up and others upside down. Another benefit to the construction is that limiting the number of freely-moving gems to 9 on either side gives the bracelet a great deal of movement and "life" but also stability. It's not sloppy: it retains its form. Even though I have been obsessed with gemstones and jewelry all my life, chalcedony was off my radar until I saw images of the blue chalcedony parure created for the Duchess of Windsor by the jewelry designer, Suzanne Belperron. Are you familiar with that name? If not, I envy you. Because you will now Google her name and be carried down a rabbit hole of design perfection and brilliance. I will never forget the actual day I came across Ms. Belperron's name and saw for the first time the most astonishing pieces of jewelry I had ever seen, many created for the Wallace Simpson, the American Duchess of Windsor. Her work is thrilling; the work of a genius. So powerful was the impact of her talent that I now associate blue chalcedony with Suzanne Belperron and am thus always on the lookout for unique pieces that use this periwinkle blue gemstone. The bracelet measures 7 ½ in length and is 3 ¾ wide. So it should fit many but the largest wrists. The central portion is curved to fit the wrist so it's very comfortable to wear. It makes a pleasing jangle. The bracelet is marked 925 for the silver and has an unknown maker's mark I cannot identify. Capturing the color of this bracelet was tricky in the photo studio. The most accurate images to inspect for color are the last three taken in natural light.

Details

  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Stone Cut
  • Weight
    141.58 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 3.75 in. (95.25 mm)Length: 7.50 in. (190.5 mm)
  • Style
    Arts and Crafts
  • Place of Origin
    Unknown
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent condition with no signs of damage or repair.
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU158919676372

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    Ships From: Southbury, CT
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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