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Ella Gafter "The Dragon" Objet d'Art Sculpture Cuff Bracelet

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“The Dragon” sculpture cuff bracelet is the result of a three-year collaboration between Ella Gafter and gran maestro Pasquale. It was executed in our own workshop in Naples, Italy, the hotbed of Italian high luxury, by jewelry sculptor maestro Pierpaolo. “The Dragon” is as much an objet d’art as it is a jewel to be worn. The vision was to create a mythological creature of an appropriately imposing volume and character while respecting classical rules of proportion, balance and harmony. The dragon's body was sculpted from a single piece of 18 carat gold, resulting in an unbroken, continuous flow from its head to its tail. This extraordinary feat of hand workmanship captures the dragon's essence as an organic, living creature. This body forms the basis for its detailed features: the varied diamond setting patterns representing its scales, expertly hand set by maestro Maurizio, the protruding hand gripping the pearl, and even the exquisite interior of the form, which recalls the segmented underside of a snake. All of these features come together to form an object that exudes both beauty and power, a fitting manifestation of the dragon's ancient symbolism. The cuff is signed EG. About Ella Gafter: In 2001, an extraordinary corsage brooch by Ella Gafter was one of the very few contemporary pieces included in the American Museum of Natural History’s “Pearls” exhibition. It is now prominently and permanently displayed in the new Hall of Gems and Minerals that opened in the spring of 2021. See the brooch in the last image of the carousel. The jewel carries 34.85 carats of top quality round diamonds (F-G/VVS). The untreated South Sea pearl is of the extraordinary size of 19.5mm.
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